Sharon Machlis

Executive Editor, Data & Analytics

Sharon Machlis is Director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG, where she works on analyzing data (both for IDG Enterprise Web sites and journalism projects) and in-house editor tools in addition to writing and editing. Her tech interests include data visualization and analysis as well as the intersection of journalism and technology. She holds an Extra class amateur radio license and is currently somewhat obsessed with R. Her book Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism was published in December 2018.

Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft made another R-in-the-enterprise push today, announcing Microsoft R Server 9.0 with a goal of helping companies "operationalize" data science.

Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Analytics firm Sisense has brought its BI platform to chat bots, allowing customers to ask natural-language questions about their data while in Slack, Skype, Facebook Messenger or Telegram.

Tableau to launch visual data-prep software

Tableau to launch visual data-prep software

Tableau is moving into the data-wrangling business, announcing plans for visual data-preparation software code-named Project Maestro.

Airbnb open sources data-science-sharing platform

Airbnb open sources data-science-sharing platform

The knowledge-sharing framework, still in beta, is designed to bring the discipline of computer-code sharing to data analysis.

Power BI gets robust mapping with ArcGIS

Power BI gets robust mapping with ArcGIS

Microsoft free Power BI is slated to get some serious mapping capabilities, as Microsoft yesterday announced ArcGIS for Power BI by Esri is on the way sometime this year.

Tableau hits Power BI as 'falling short'; Microsoft fires back

Tableau hits Power BI as 'falling short'; Microsoft fires back

Business-analytics vendor Tableau Software moved to stake out its turf now that Microsoft has entered the BI market.

These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

Want to look at salary trends? Check a stock's price history? Look at the performance of your favorite sports team? Here's how to easily pull publicly available data into R.

Trump's 'extreme' anti-terrorism vetting may be H-1B nightmare

Trump's 'extreme' anti-terrorism vetting may be H-1B nightmare

Many people from 'dangerous and volatile regions' work in the U.S. on H-1B visas, and Trump's plan would penalize these workers because of their birthplace.

Tableau 10 to feature data mashups, more IT management tools

Tableau 10 to feature data mashups, more IT management tools

Tableau Software is expected to release the next major upgrade of its popular data visualization software, Tableau 10, within a couple of weeks.

Free data visualization with Microsoft Power BI: Your step-by-step guide

Free data visualization with Microsoft Power BI: Your step-by-step guide

This step-by-step guide, including video, shows you how to analyze a file with more than two million records of U.S. airline flight delays using Microsoft's free Power BI platform.

Data files for our step-by-step guide to Microsoft Power BI

If you want to play along with our hands-on Power BI tutorial, get the files here.

The advanced beginner's guide to R

The advanced beginner's guide to R

So you’ve gone through the Computerworld Beginner’s Guide to R and want to take the next steps in your R journey? In this advanced beginner’s guide, you’ll learn data wrangling, best packages to use for different tasks, how to make...

IBM joins R Consortium

IBM will back efforts to create infrastructure and best practices for the R community, as well as promote use of the language.

11 Excel tips for power users

11 Excel tips for power users

Tables can be very important tools for data display. We offer 11 tips and tricks to help Excel users make tables more effective, reshape data, easily look up data and more.

How many H-1B workers are female? U.S. won’t say

How many H-1B workers are female? U.S. won’t say

The U.S. government has information about the gender of H-1B visa applicants, but refuses to release it, saying doing so would be burdensome.

Download U.S. Census data on IT workers

The original Census Bureau file used by Computerworld in our story about gender in IT included more than 15 million records of all ACS survey respondents.

Microsoft Visual Studio adds R support

Microsoft Visual Studio adds R support

The release includes an R editor, code auto-completion, debugging, built-in GitHub support and other features.

Create maps in R in 10 (fairly) easy steps

Create maps in R in 10 (fairly) easy steps

Sure you can use this technique for election maps — but it’s also handy for sales figures, mobile data coverage and many other types of data.

How Verizon analyzes security-breach data with R

How Verizon analyzes security-breach data with R

Verizon researchers receive incident data from contributing organizations, which means numerous categories also have subcategories. Importing and analyzing all that with Excel was problematic.

How to drive a Web browser with R (and RSelenium)

How to drive a Web browser with R (and RSelenium)

RSelenium lets you do everything from submitting a simple Web form to testing a Web application in different browsers. Here's how to get started.

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