Author Archives: Wenjun Zhu

What’s on Tap? Beer Industry Analysis and Trends

Author:  Parker McColl, Jamie McColl

1. Introduction

The beer industry has experienced explosive growth recently, fueled largely by growth in craft breweries. In fact, the number of breweries in the United States tripled between 2008 and 2016 and now tops over 7,000 (Brewers Association, 2019). The rapid growth in breweries can be seen in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Historical plot of active breweries in the United States (Vine Pair, n.d.).

With the rise of craft breweries, beer rating platforms such as Beer Advocate and Untappd were developed, providing a medium for beer enthusiasts to “check-in” and rate their drink, among other features.… Read more

Demographic Trends & Building Geometry In the District of Columbia (DC)

Author: Michael Hickey, Ben Razidlo

I. Introduction

New information processing and data analytics techniques will be explored to augment insights traditionally provided by the census process. Census information has been long used as a mechanism for acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. Data-age information processing technologies, image recognition, and prediction algorithms can provide new opportunities to build models and make inferences regarding a population’s current situation and future trends.

The overwhelming scale of available data in today’s world often outweighs the ability of stakeholders to utilize and understand the insight it can provide. The overarching goal of the analysis is to explore what can a city’s buildings tell us about its inhabitants, and from this provide a recommendation for real estate investment.… Read more