OpenBI held our all-hands quarterly meeting a few weeks back. Included in the full day agenda were individual presentations on customer projects and up-and-coming technologies of interest to our BI team. For my talk, I chose to illustrate how a data scientist might conduct her work.

The idea was to assemble a data set from information readily accessible on the web that would be suitable for interactive visualization and predictive modeling. My searches took me to website of the Current Population Survey, a joint data initiative between the bureaus of Census and Labor Statistics. There I discovered the annual CPS March Supplement files which contain a treasure of information on demographics, education, occupation and income of the U.S. population at annual points in time. So I decided to put together a soup-to-nuts analytics demo using the CPS data.

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