What we're about

Research Triangle Analysts (RTA) is a "math user" group for data enthusiasts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding area).

Our mission is to promote the use of data techniques to enable meaningful analysis and effective communication for the benefit of the community. We want to provide a unique resource among analytical collaborative networks – with a focus on the methods and outcome rather than the tool. We are software agnostic (SAS, R, Python, SQL, and other users are welcome).

We have a gathering on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm, location and topic to be announced. We also have a monthly lunch on the first Wednesday of every month. Check YouTube for some of our past talks ( https://www.youtube.com/user/rtpanalysts ). Check our website ( http://www.rtpanalysts.org ) for other events and information.

RTA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Monthly meetings are free of charge. We do charge a nominal fee for Analytics>Forward, the yearly unconference, and may charge for other events where we provide food, in order to reduce no-shows. Money from these events are used to help support RTA activities. Purchaser grants Research Triangle Analysts sole discretion regarding the use of this payment to help support its activities.

We appreciate the support from our 2019 Platinum Sponsors:

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Analytics>Forward 2020 - POSTPONED - DATE TBD

SAS Hall

$12.00

June 6 is not the actual date of A>F 2020! The actual date is yet to be determined. Analytics>Forward has been POSTPONED: Due to growing uncertainties about COVID-19, we have decided to postpone Analytics>Forward to an as-yet unidentified date. We will temporarily shift out the event on Meetup.com to a future date but please understand that date will likely change. Current registrations will automatically transfer. While you can get a refund if you have already registered, we ask you to consider not cancelling your registration and requesting a refund at least until we select a date for the event. Rather than emailing concerns and questions, please post them as a comment under the event in the spirit of community engagement both with this event and current public health concerns. • What we'll do Analytics>Forward is happening again! Based on the bar camp-style conferences, the program will be set the day of the conference based on all of the exciting pitches you'll hear first thing in the morning. Bring your 50-minute talk and a stack of business cards for a day of mathy fun with all of your favorite analysts. Your registration buys breakfast, lunch and coffee all day! • Keynote Being 'Right' Isn't Always Good Enough: Other Requirements for Adding Value through Climate Data Science by Dr. Robert Erhardt What does big data look like in climate science? What is a climate model projection, what can it tell us, and what can it not tell us about the 21st century? In this talk, we will explore basic principles of climate science, look at a few recent results on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and talk about how climate data products are impacting industry (and the insurance industry in particular). Despite the wealth of scientific expertise (thousands of scientists, millions of research dollars, petabytes of data, petaflops of computing power), the ability of these climate data products to influence stakeholders and society at large is not at all assured. We will turn our attention to a few of the reasons for this. These include so-called type 3 errors (the right statistical answer to the wrong question), challenges with communicating big data analytics to stakeholders who may be less well-versed in the subject matter, and challenges with capturing and communicating uncertainty in projections. The speaker will draw on experiences in both academia and the insurance industry over the past 15 years. No particular scientific knowledge will be assumed. • What to bring Business cards, a 50-minute talk if you want to pitch a presentation, and your winning personality. • Important to know Analytics>Forward is a community event. Any attendee who wants to speak can do a 1-minute pitch for a 50-minute talk. Once all the pitches have been heard, all of the attendees vote for their favorites, and the top vote-getters are assigned time slots. Every year, we've had great talks from some amazing speakers. If you've never tried a bar camp-style conference before, Analytics>Forward will win you over! • Student discount If you are a full-time college student and would like to attend, we are offering $5 off registration. Either contact [masked] directly to register at the reduced price or register here at full price and contact us via email, or talk to us the day of the event, for your refund. • Coronavirus policy TBA

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