Ted Kwartler, Contributing Data Science Writer - ODSC

Ted Kwartler, Contributing Data Science Writer - ODSC

Assistant Vice President, Innovation at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Bio: Working at Liberty Mutual I shape the organization's strategy and vision concerning next generation vehicles. This includes today's advanced vehicle ADAS features and the self driving cars of the (near) future. I get to work with exciting startups, MIT labs, government officials, automotive leaders and various data scientists to understand how Liberty can thrive in this rapidly changing environment. Plus I get to internally incubate ideas and foster an entrepreneurial ethos! Specialties: Data Science, Text Mining, IT service management, Process improvement and project management, business analytics

Decrypt Emotion with our Web App…and learn APIs in R

Decrypt Emotion with our Web App…and learn APIs in R

Editor’s Note: Jump to the emotion reader application, submit the img url and see what their face says. An API is a way for one piece of software to interact with another application.  API stands for “application program interface” allowing your application or R script to interact with an outside service.  The cool thing about APIs is […]

Is Your New Year’s resolution Really working out?

Is Your New Year’s resolution Really working out?

With the holidays long gone and likely everyone’s New Year’s resolutions along with it I figured I would spend some time working with data instead of working with gym weights.  Lacking any real inspiration, a friend pointed me to the University of California, Irvine’s Machine Learning data repository.  Specifically, he sent me the link to […]

How close am I to an Amazon, Wal-Mart or Target Warehouse?  Visualizing geospatial Information in R.

How close am I to an Amazon, Wal-Mart or Target Warehouse? Visua...

In the last post you saw the “Traveling Santa Problem” which attempts to efficiently route Santa to all US warehouses from Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target.  Now that Santa has made his deliveries I want to know where to go to pick up my gift.  My wish list has a ticket to ODSC West and an […]

Mapping Amazon, Wal-Mart & Target Warehouses: Which route would Santa take to visit every warehouse in the US?

Mapping Amazon, Wal-Mart & Target Warehouses: Which route wo...

Editor’s note: Opinions and views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of #ODSC Let’s face it, if you’re American and you celebrate Christmas chances are you have visited Target, Wal-Mart or shopped at amazon.com this holiday season.  Even if you haven’t shopped there you probably are getting something from one of these retailers…let’s hope […]

Amazon will make $41B this Holiday Season! Forecasting Quarterly Revenue

Amazon will make $41B this Holiday Season! Forecasting Quarterly ...

The holiday shopping season is in full swing! The economy is relatively strong compared to a few years back and so retail sales are probably going to be strong especially for amazon. Other retailers like Target and Wal-Mart are also running amazing black Friday and holiday sales to attract customers. However, amazon has consistently shown […]

Forecasting Amazon Holiday Sales: Gathering, Organizing & Exploration

Forecasting Amazon Holiday Sales: Gathering, Organizing & Ex...

When I worked at Amazon more than 3 years ago our holiday season was always an adrenaline rush. My role was in customer service operations. We had record breaking volume each holiday season which means customer service was the front line for customer issues, technical support and even catching fraud. Amazon’s retail business, like all […]

Text Mining Trump Speeches Part 3: Topic Modeling, Trump fixated on Hillary

Text Mining Trump Speeches Part 3: Topic Modeling, Trump fixated ...

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of #ODSC At the start of this blog series I had no idea how the campaign dialogue would evolve.  I am surprised how the discussion has distanced even farther from issues to personal affairs leaving many Republicans to abandon Donald Trump altogether.  The dialogue has […]

Trump and Clinton Speeches, Step 2: Trump is a Negative Sophomore and Clinton is a positive one!

Trump and Clinton Speeches, Step 2: Trump is a Negative Sophomore...

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of #ODSC, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of Edward’s employer. Looks like the presidential race is heating up!  Many polls have the candidates in a tight race.  Just after the debate both Clinton and Trump proclaimed “victory.” Instead of sound bites in this […]

Trump and Clinton Speeches, Step 1: Text Mining

Trump and Clinton Speeches, Step 1: Text Mining

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of #ODSC, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of Edward’s employer. Part 1 Obtaining Transcripts for Campaign Trail Speeches The political season is long and arduous.  As a former Ohioan I dreaded any election year because it is punctuated with endless negative and inflammatory […]