Predicting Flight Delays: Exploring Airline Data with XLMiner

Can you work with Big Data in Excel?  From the barrage of recent news, white papers, and sales calls about Big Data, you would think not.  A common theme is that “spreadsheets can’t handle Big Data and advanced analytics,” and that companies need to “move up” to new tools, that the vendors with the white papers offer -- implicitly, the benefits outweigh the expense and steep learning curve.

New York City Taxis: Exploring Big Data with XLMiner

Over the past decade, thousands of organizations have made their data available to the public, either by posting an extract online or through an API. These data sets range from government data to restaurant reviews to metadata on songs. One of the more famous data sets released recently was the New York City Taxi data, which was posted by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission in 2013 as a result of a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request.

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