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Meet our Demo Contest Finalists: Michael Carper

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Meet our fourth finalist Michael Carper and his impressive demo about tweets and NBA games:

Live Tweeting and Buzzer Beating: A look at Twitter use during NBA games




I’m a Business Intelligence consultant at Apparatus, an IT managed services provider. I help clients with dashboards, reporting, and data visualization.

Demo Description

Do NBA teams that attract more tweets during games, win more? I analyzed the Twitter stream and game scores with Power BI to find out.

What inspired your demo?

I think we enjoy tweeting about sports events more than actually watching them. I was curious if this phenomenon corresponded to the game outcome.

What is the coolest BI project you’ve ever worked on?

Helping a client with BI software vendor selection, since I got to get up-close-and-personal with a lot of cool BI tools.

What is your favorite BI blog and why?

Perceptual Edge, because it stands apart from this or that specific tool, and instead critically analyzes overarching issues of information visualization.

What did you do before you were a BI Pro?

I was a student! I graduated from Wabash College in May 2013, where I studied Latin and Religion. I began work at Apparatus immediately afterwards.


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