CoolData blog

10 August 2011

Announcing five winners of free data mining book

Filed under: Book, Peter Wylie — kevinmacdonell @ 9:54 am

A couple of weeks ago I ran a contest in which I asked for fundraising-related questions, problems or scenarios that might have an answer, approach or insight provided by the intelligent use of data. I immediately received dozens of great questions, which I’ve been pondering ever since.

Some of these entries have fed into planning the content of a new book to be co-authored by me and Peter Wylie (publication date TBA). The first five people who sent in a spot-on question will receive a free copy of the book.

Congratulations to the following speedy entries:

  • Michael Wall, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Rachel Kirby, Marquette University
  • Mark Egge, Carleton College
  • Kelly Heinrich, Texas State University
  • Lindsay Brown, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Thank you to the many others who submitted questions (sometimes multiple questions!). All of it will help us to cover a number of significant real-world scenarios that we might not have considered otherwise.



  1. […] their questions (we’ve got dozens of ‘em!). The contest for free books is now closed (list of winners here), BUT you are welcome to send us additional questions or suggestions, via the form below. — […]

    Pingback by Send your questions and win a free book! « CoolData blog — 10 August 2011 @ 9:56 am

  2. Will you be posting their questions just for those of us who like to live vicariously through others’ good fortunes . . .? Or maybe just a short summary of some of the great questions and ideas you got, whether or not you intend to use them in the book or otherwise . . .?

    Comment by Fred MIschler — 12 August 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    • Hi Fred – That’s a good idea, but we haven’t decided yet what we would like to do with the actual questions. Many of them are thought-provoking and could lead to future data explorations (and blog posts), while not ever making it into the book. I think we need to think on it!

      Comment by kevinmacdonell — 12 August 2011 @ 12:22 pm

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