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COOL DATA (The Book)


Free book download: COOL DATA: A how-to guide for predictive modeling for higher education advancement and nonprofits using multiple linear regression in Data Desk


COOL DATA (the book) is a 190-page “cookbook” that takes you step by step through building predictive models using multiple linear regression, with an emphasis on querying your database and preparing the data for modelling. Written with the beginner in mind, COOL DATA makes no assumptions about your knowledge of databases, SQL, statistics, or stats software.


Current version: 1.1.0 (13 January 2018)


Sample data sets for use with this handbook:


Data University sample file


Survey responders


(These are Excel files. If you require .csv files, please email me at



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