Why? Pie might be delicious, but Pie charts are horrible.

The Scenario

The business team wanted to see costs broken out by category. The problem? Over 20 categories in the data. Also, the solution had to work within the confines of Power BI and Power BI Service. …


Your boss wants to know the estimated financial impact of doing a product promotion and gives you a big file of transaction data. Now what?

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There are already a lot of good articles on the details of Apriori. I am going to mainly focus on a realistic business scenario that might come up around the application of Apriori and Market Basket Analysis.

But it doesn’t hurt to do a quick and high-level refresher on the…


Getting a little creative with Python data visualization using Seaborn and Matplotlib to deliver something a little different.

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I use the term hacking loosely here but technically it’s correct. I needed to produce a something that wasn’t readily built in to the core of Matplotlib or Seaborn and get by just passing some argument. But if you want to be pedantic, its just a clever workaround.

Feel free…


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We had a closet in our old house that we do not want our young boys in for a few reasons — one of them being it was a great spot for hiding gifts. So a while back when I was just getting my feet wet with Python, I wrote…


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PuLP for Python is an optimization tool like the Excel Solver (COIN-OR PuLP). I had a use case that didn’t quite fit the out of the box examples provided by the writers of this awesome python package. …


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We introduced my 4-year-old son to the classic game of Trouble somewhat recently and he turned out to be probably the luckiest person ever with the game. …

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