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UDRC Operational Update

By Jeremias Solari, Chief of Research
August 5, 2020

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Jeremias Solari, the Chief of Research for the UDRC, discusses the new manager position, provides an update on upcoming publications, the 2019 data, and teases the future of the UDRC’s IT system.

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Avoiding Common Mistakes in Data Requests

By Vincent Brandon, Data Coordinator
July 29, 2020

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Data coordinator Vincent Brandon tells us about the top common causes of delay in getting your data. Find out how to avoid mistakes and save time.

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The bias-variance tradeoff

By Karen Tao, UX Researcher
July 22, 2020

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What can we learn about the bias-variance tradeoff from darts and fry sauce? Check out this blog to learn more.

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Writing in Research Series: Limitations

By Derek Higgs, PhD, Researcher
July 15, 2020

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Researcher Derek Higgs highlights the importance of listing and explaining the limitations of research projects.

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What does the UDRC use logistic regression for?

By Kelsey A. Martinez, PhD, Researcher
July 8, 2020

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Researcher Kelsey Martinez explains logistic regression witih an example from daily life.

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The UDRC’s 2020 Research Agenda… is now published

By Jeremias Solari, Assistant Director
July 1, 2020

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Assistant Director Jeremias Solari announces the topics for our 2020 research agenda. Find out more about what the UDRC team will be working on next year and how these research can add value for fellow Utahns.

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Getting to know your data set through visualization

By Skylar Scott, Researcher
June 24, 2020

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Researcher Skylar Scott demonstrates best practices in data exploration through visualization. Learn the tools to use and when to use them.

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UDRC Introduces Utah Department of Health Data to our Longitudinal Data System

By Vincent Brandon, Data Coordinator
June 10, 2020

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Check out what our Data Coordinator Vincent Brandon tells us about the Utah Department of Health data, and how it fits into our longitudinal data system.

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Writing in Research Series: Establishing Common Definitions in Collaborative Research is Crucial

By Derek Higgs, MPA
June 3, 2020

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Our researcher Derek Higgs discusses the importance of establishing common understanding of terms used in research, with an example of how he accomplished this task for one of his research projects.

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Overfitting and Underfitting in Machine Learning

By Karen Tao, UX Researcher
May 27, 2020

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What is overfitting in machine learning? How can we tell if the machine learning model is overfitting? UX researcher Karen Tao demonstrates using an example and illustraton.

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What is longitudinal research and why is it so useful?

By Kelsey Martinez, PhD, Researcher
May 20, 2020

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The UDRC uses longitudinal analysis in its research. Our researcher Kelsey Martinez explains what longitudinal research is and the advantage of using it.

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Potential Research Related to COVID-19

By Skylar Scott, Researcher
May 13, 2020

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Most of us have seen impacts of the COVID-19 quarantine have on our daily lives. Our researcher Skylar Scott explores some potential future researches related to the pandemic this week.

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Research, What Is It Good For?

By Adrene Wike, Program Manager
May 6, 2020

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Discover the role of research in our lives with program manager Adrene Wike.

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The UDRC’s 2020 Research Agenda

By Jeremias Solari, Assistant Director
April 29, 2020

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Assistant Director Jeremias Solari discusses themes and potential topics for our 2020 research agenda. Read this blog to learn more about access to data we previouly did not have and the possibility this brings.

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Custom Transformations at the UDRC

By Vincent Brandon, Data Coordinator
April 22, 2020

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Feature engineering has become indispensable in transforming data. Check out an example from a recent request and suggestions for external researchers.

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The Value of Analyzing Course-Taking Patterns

By Derek Higgs, MPA, Researcher
April 15, 2020

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Our researcher Derek Higgs discusses the relationship between high school course-taking patterns and student success and academic evaluation.

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Training Set and Test Set in Machine Learning

By Karen Tao, UX Researcher
April 8, 2020

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Learn the difference between training data and test data using our research on workforce retention of graduates as a running example.

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Linear Modeling in R

By Kelsey Martinez, PhD, Researcher
April 1, 2020

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This week, our researcher Kelsey Martinez shares her cheat sheet and general workflow for getting started with linear modeling in R.

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Post-secondary education and consumption in Utah

By Skylar Scott, Researcher
March 25, 2020

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New research is well on its way. We have udpates from the research on consumption patterns of Utah’s postsecondary graduates in this blog post.

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COVID-19 and the New Normal

By Adrene Wike, Program Manager
March 18, 2020

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Learn how to navigate a “new normal” amongst the COVID-19 chaos by staying productive, remaining connected, scheduling breaks, and communicating with your colleagues.

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Introducing the new UDRC manager

By Jeremias Solari, Assistant Director
March 11, 2020

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We welcome Adrene Wike as the newest member of the UDRC team as our program manager. Adrene brings with her years of experience focused on leadership and education.

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Data Request Tips

By Vincent Brandon, Data Coordinator
March 4, 2020

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The UDRC makes collection and matching across distal sensitive datasets accessible to academic and citizen researchers. This blog post provides helpful tips for submitting your data request.

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What is Machine Learning?

By Karen Tao, UX Researcher
February 26, 2020

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Machine Learning is everywhere in our world. Learn in this blog post how it is a powerful tool for turning information into actionable knowledge.

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Top Predictors of Intergenerational Poverty

By Kelsey Martinez, PhD, Researcher
February 19, 2020

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In this blog post, we examined factors that increase the likelihood that an individual experiences intergenerational poverty (IGP) in Utah.

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Cluster Analysis: What it is and How to Use it

By Derek Higgs, MPA, Researcher
February 12, 2020

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A cluster analysis, or clustering, is an effective way to organize data into groups of similar characteristics and is performed near the beginning of the data analysis.

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New Report on the Workforce Retention of Utah's Postsecondary Graduates

By Britnee Johnston, UX Researcher
February 5, 2020

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The Utah Data Research Center published a new report and data narrative on the "In-State Workforce Retention of Utah’s Postsecondary Graduates".

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Bagels & Research Event Recap

By Karen Tao, UX Researcher
January 29, 2020

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Our Bagels & Research meetup was held at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute on Wednesday, January 22. We shared our latest research with fellow researchers and education policy experts in the community.

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Defining a Payback Period

By Skylar Scott, Researcher
January 22, 2020

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The approach for using a payback period for a technical college is very different from choosing a potential investment in the private sector. Our researcher Skylar Scott explains how a payback period is defined in his study.

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New Data Dictionary Available Online

By Britnee Johnston, UX Researcher
January 15, 2020

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The Utah Data Research Center (UDRC) released this month a new data dictionary of the various data elements available for request to external researchers.

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UDRC 2019 – A Year in Review

By Jeremias Solari, Assistant Director
January 8, 2020

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2019 was a critical year for the UDRC, and its continued success. Three major research reports were completed. We review 2019, and look into 2020.

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