Darkhorse Analytics

We use data to identify new opportunities, algorithms to increase efficiency, and visualizations to aid decision making.

Recent Blog Posts

Should I Eat This Fish - A Redesign
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A few years ago we worked with the Alberta Government on a tool that would make Fish Consumption Advisories more accessible to the general public. And after working its way through the government’s approvals process that tool is finally here.
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The Value is in the Data (Wrangling)
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The Value is in the Data (Wrangling)
If you aspire to be a data scientist, you’re really aspiring to be a data wrangler. You see, 80% of your working hours will be spent wrangling the data. That’s on average. On some projects, you will spend more than 100% of your “working” hours with your lasso. I hope you enjoy that sort of thing.
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Fat Zebras
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If you've got a large table with lots of rows, you might get fat. We think that's a good thing.
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Mapping Data Should Take Seconds (MapInSeconds.com)
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If you’ve tried to visualize your data with a map, you know how time-consuming it can be.  It shouldn’t take so long or be so difficult, so we built MapInSeconds.com, which takes your data and generates a map - in seconds.
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Visualization's Twisted Path
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Visualization's Twisted Path
Visualization is not a straight path from vision to reality. It is full of twists and turns, rabbit trails and road blocks, foul-ups and failures. Let's walk through one visualization's twisted path.
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Visualizing Distributions
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Let's have a look at the many different methods for displaying distributions. We'll take one data set and display its distribution 16 different ways.
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Own the Adoption
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How many times has this happened to you: You get to the end of a gruelling analytics project and the decision maker doesn't listen?
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Data Looks Better Naked: Maps Edition
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In this new installment of our Data Looks Better Naked series, we take on maps. More specifically, the choropleth map.
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House of Cards
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An analytics project is really three projects: a change management project stacked on top of a software development project stacked on top of a research project. So, how does one prevent the whole thing from collapsing under its own weight?
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Make the Grade
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Make the Grade
Recently the Alberta government hosted Apps for Alberta - a competition using the Province’s open data. Being an Alberta-based data visualization firm, we felt encouraged, perhaps even duty-bound, to enter. So we did. We managed to pull together a couple submissions, the first of which is a look ...
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