Ryan Robitaille

"Dream Big and Dare To Fail"

Ahoy! I'm a data [hacker, engineer, artist, rebel, slayer, janitor, tool builder] who also dabbles in design (if you could call it that). Whatever goofy name-of-the-week you want to call it, I'm a problem solver.
I get shit done.

Data is quickly becoming the silent lifeblood of our modern society; I try to help it get from point A to point B, sometimes point A is an indecipherable mess, and sometimes point B is human understanding (but not both at the same time hopefully).

15 June 2012 1 Comment

Viz Updates – Metallica & Bigfoot refreshed! Plus, “The Data Box”…

Did a data refresh on 2 of my most the most popular visualizations last night – Metallica has played about 15 shows since I last ran the data-gathering routines, and Bigfoot has been reported another 40+ times! Holy cats! I also have a cool announcement for all you data-junkies out there…

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7 June 2012 15 Comments

Building and Loading Sexy Operational Dashboards with DucksBoard.com

You never know what awesome stuff you’re going to find… While I was browsing the web yesterday evening, I landed upon a article explaining how ‘Starting Pages’ are out-of-fashion and now everyone wants a ‘Data Dashboard’. Which, intrigued me – since dashboards and operational analytics are a big part of what I do for a […]

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15 May 2012 18 Comments

Tableau + PhpGrid = an (almost) instant gratification data entry tool

We, over here at Linium, love Tableau Server. Big time. It takes quite the tool to be able to wrap around all my procedural data hacking and make it look like it came that way. Custom internal apps + Salesforce data + consultant time-tracking data + Quickbooks data etc – it all fits, works, comes […]

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15 March 2012 4 Comments

Visualizing Bigfoot of the United States

A fun little Viz I did about Bigfoot sightings.

Basically, I harvested all the sighting info off of The Bigfoot Field Research Organization site with Python and the Scrapemark module – inserted it into a local SQL Server database – cleaned it up and threw up a pretty looking Viz using Tableau Public.

Visualizing Squatch of the Nation!

I’m pretty happy with it – its quite interactive and hopefully someone finds it fun or interesting.

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13 March 2012 38 Comments

Harvesting Twitter Search Results for Analysis using Python & SQL Server

Twitter. It’s everywhere. It’s Data. Realtime, Social, Contextual Data. But, if you want to do any real trending, data mining, post-processing, or even simple analysis on it – you really need to be making a historical record of what you’re looking for and store it in a usable way. I will show you how to create SQL Server tables and use a simple Python script to pull out tweets and save them for future analysis.

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8 March 2012 5 Comments

Some Tableau Public Embed Code Hacking for more “Creative Blog Usage”

As I’ve been very vocal about all over Twitter and elsewhere – I’ve been spending a lot of time playing with Tableau Public over the past few weeks. Lots of learning, experimentation, tweaking, and some full blown data / analysis presentations have occurred. During that time I learned a lot about the way the product works and continue to try and “jazz” up my Tableau “vizes” in any way I can. Here are a couple of trick that you might find as useful as I did.

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25 February 2012 0 Comments

Rare Shit: Scoring Songs on a Setlist by Historical Context (Frequency, Rank, Ntile)

It’s interesting, the types of data conversations you have with people when discussing a unique project like MetallicAnalysis. You’re trying to show things in a different way and get as deep as possible, BUT never want to get too lame or “tech-y”, else it loses contact with the actual subject matter and begins to make less sense. Numbers are cool, but numbers that ACTUALLY FUCKING MEAN SOMETHING to the average fan / person are way cooler…

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17 February 2012 2 Comments

Some Metallica Setlist Analysis using Tableau Public Visualization Software and some Python Hacking

I’ve been messing around with Tableau Public for a few nights, and I must say that it is damned impressive, and I’ve used a LOT of Reporting / Analysis / Business Intelligence tools in my day.

I needed to do a proper test / POC; the question was – what kind of data do I use to give it a proper test drive?

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge Metallica fan, hell for as long as I can remember, that’s just been “one of my things” (as many current, ex-girlfriends, and ex-wives can attest to)…

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16 September 2011 5 Comments

MoneyBall (for Real): Business Intelligence, Data Mining, SQL Server, and Major League Baseball – Part 1

Let’s be honest – I’m a data guy. “Geek” to be more exact. But, I’m also a sports guy – and if there is ANY sport out there that prides itself as being massively data-centric… its Baseball. Data goes with baseball like Barry Bonds and… um, Home Runs (yeah, that’s it). Data collecting is an […]

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