Focus Areas

The widespread availability of data has enabled new technologies, and understanding them can empower communities. As statisticians and data scientists, we have the responsibility of ensuring that we are well equipped to deal with transformative technologies and draw accurate conclusions. Our activities toward this goal are fueled by the following principles.


Mentorship and Open Education

We believe that statistics and data science can be made more accessible by providing free courses, data awareness drives and guidance to nonprofit institutions.

Open Data and Analytics Applications

We believe that an open access and collaborative process is important in data science. All our applications are available online along with source code.

Collaboration in Forensics Research

We work closely with the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) on a number of projects to add statistical validity to forensic science procedures. One such project is BulletMatcher, an application and algorithm to assess the probability that two bullets were fired from the same gun barrel.


Latest Posts


NLP using word2vec for Donor Matching

In our previous post, we noted how 1 and 2 grams from a query mission can be matched to donor mission statements to find an appropriate donor organization. We performed some text cleaning and used tfidf as a metric for weighting the more important words. The final results showed some issues with this method – like the word ‘heart’ in “Isreal at Heart” being matched to “heart conditions”. When we know that most words will have a context associated with their usage and the meaning of the word changes according to its context, how do we still match missions by matching words?

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Using NLP to find the perfect donor match – 1

One of the difficulties of starting a non-profit is finding donors and funding agencies. We’ve seen first hand the challenges involved! With so many different foundations with a wide variety of mission statements, how do we find one that is most closely aligned with our goals?

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