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Chicago CIO Pursues Predictive Analytics Strategy
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Nathan Golia
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Nathan Golia,
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4/24/2013 | 1:44:26 PM
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I've gotta be honest G the first thing I thought reading this was, "What the heck is a garbage cart?" I Googled it and the first page of results features the Minneapolis, Chicago, Naperville, and Milwaukee sanitation departments, so I assume it's a midwest term for a regular garbage can? Predictive analytics are cool and all, but there are still few things more fascinating than the different terms for common objects between regions of the country.
ChrisMurphy
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4/24/2013 | 3:00:44 PM
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A regular garbage can, Nathan? Here's the description from the city of Chicago site:

"More than 1.5 million, heavy duty plastic 96-gallon garbage carts with tight fitted lids often referred to as super carts are supplied free to single-family residences and apartment buildings of four units or less. These free carts, combined with the rodenticed we strategically place deep inside rat burrows, are the key reasons for the decline of rats in our city. Missing or damaged carts are replaced free by the Bureau of Sanitation by calling the city's service request line at 3-1-1 or click on the button below to get started online."
Nathan Golia
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Nathan Golia,
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4/25/2013 | 9:09:09 PM
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Well, I know it's not the same as the dinky garbage can I have next to my desk, but even those big 96-gallon ones don't have a special name here on the coasts. (Unless "big garbage can" counts!)
TheDougStone
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5/11/2013 | 1:09:44 PM
re: Chicago CIO Pursues Predictive Analytics Strategy
Things will get very interesting if the employees that are given access are enabled with a behavioral insights team. The UK has been investing in matching data/technology capabilities with a "Nudge Unit" that unpacks the behavioral implications (cause and effect as well as behavior change) from the data. I have heard Mr. Goldstein talk about his strategy of supporting investment in the platform rather than specific applications. My experience is that even at the platform level you need to have a vision of the user base. A behavioral insights team needs to run experiments with a control group (population not exposed to new stimuli). Without the ability to deploy experiments and then assess results you remain in the world of intuition.


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