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Frequently Asked Questions

  • General
  • Construct
  • Predict
  • Bridge
  • QuickStarts
  • How much does the software cost?
  • What kind of training and support do you offer?

    Our highly-trained data analysts are on call during regular business hours to help with your data needs! If you get stuck or need additional training, just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll step in with free, unlimited training and support that comes along with your license. Click here to visit our Support page for additional details!

  • Do you have resources for training in predictive modeling and working with data?

    Yes! Visit our online library of training videos to learn about predictive modeling, concepts in data science, and product-specific training.

  • Can I try Rapid Insight for free?

    Yes, we offer a free trial of the software – please visit our Free Trial page to register for a trial.

  • Can I see the software in action?

    Yes, visit our Request a Demo page and an analyst will reach out to you to schedule a personalized demo!

  • Does your software alter the source data?

    No. One of the advantages of our products is that they treat source data as “read-only”. The original data source is preserved, and a new output file is created to reflect the changes you make.

  • Does the software work on Linux?

    Currently, emulating MS Windows is required to run the software – it does not run natively on Linux.

  • Does the software work on an Apple computer?

    There is no native version for Mac at this time, but using an MS Windows OS emulator such as Parallels allows you to use the software on a Mac.

  • What are the system requirements for hosting Construct?

    Systems intending to host Construct must meet the following hardware requirements:

    • Windows 7 SP2, or later
    • .NET Framework 4.6.1 and its requirements
    • 2 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 1 GB of system memory
    • 20 MB available hard drive space
    • 32 MB of graphics memory
    • Internet access
    • Recommended System Requirements
    • Windows 7 x64 or Windows 8 x64
    • NET Framework 4.6.1 and its requirements
    • 2.8 GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 4 GB of system memory
    • 1 GB available hard drive space
    • 512 MB of graphics memory
    • Internet access
  • Can I run Construct on my Apple Mac?

    Construct is a Windows-based application – there is no dedicated Apple OS version.  That said, there are many users who run Construct successfully when installed on an Apple that has a Windows emulator or virtual machine.

  • Does Construct store my data?

    Because Construct is installed on-premises, Rapid Insight never receives institutional data from the customer. All customer datasets are stored locally, not on a Rapid Insight server.

  • Do I need to know code (R, Python, etc) to use Construct?

    No! Our easy drag-and-drop interface makes it possible for users of any skill level to use Construct for data prep. Users who wish to use scripts and code are able to take Construct a step further, but no coding is required!

  • Where am I able to export my data?

    Construct allows you to output data to local or network drives in a wide variety of formats, other systems and databases, and some cloud locations.

  • What scripting languages can I use in Construct?

    Advanced users who wish to implements scripts can use Batch, SQL, Power Shell Command, and Python in the Script node.

  • Can I schedule jobs to run automatically?

    An optional add-on for Construct allows for automated job scheduling – see our Pricing page for more details!

  • Does Construct allow for multiple users to simultaneously work on the same job?

    The standard version of Construct is a single-user per license product, but our Server edition is a collaborative workspace. See our Pricing page for additional details!

  • What are the regression types I can perform with Predict?

    Predict can perform:

    • Logistic Regression Analysis
    • Ordinary Least Square Analysis (OLS)
    • Decision Tree – Chi-square Automatic Interaction Detection (CHAID)
  • How is the random sampling determined in Predict?

    When Predict loads a dataset, by default 50% of the dataset is randomly omitted and then used to be scored against the other 50%.

  • How can I tell how accurate my model is?

    Predict has several features that can be used to test the general accuracy of the models performance.

    • Decile Analysis
    • R Square Score
    • Percent Concordance
    • Actual and Predicted Comparison
  • Can I see how the model was built?

    Yes, the model and algorithm are fully transparent, so you can examine the detailed steps and decisions made by the software to build each predictive model.

  • Does Predict store my data?

    Because Predict is installed on-premises, Rapid Insight never receives institutional data from the customer. All customer datasets are stored locally, not on a Rapid Insight server.

  • What types of outcomes are commonly predicted with the software?

    The following is a list of common use-cases, but customers introduce new projects on a regular basis, so it’s worth trying to predict any outcome you have data for:

    • Retention/Turnover/Churn (of customers, students, employees,…)
    • Yield (of business prospects, applicants, patient prospects,…)
    • Expected Length (Tenure, Length of Stay)
    • Campaign Response (for donations, sales,…)
    • Renewals (contract renewals, continuing donations,…)
    • Readmission (Probability of readmission)
  • Who owns a predictive model after it is built?

    Models are entirely owned by the customer.

  • How many years of data can I feed into a model with Predict?

    As many as you’d like – there is no limit to the amount of information you use in Predict.

  • How long does it take to build a model?

    Once you are familiar with the process, it only takes a few minutes to build a new predictive model.

  • Do I need an advanced understanding of math to build a predictive model?

    No. Predict takes the work out of building a predictive model; the easy-to-use interface makes it possible for anyone to build a model. Advanced users can make detailed adjustments and directly examine the algorithm, but no advanced understanding of math is required.

  • How do I know which variables to include when building a model?

    Contact Support for lists of variables that are commonly used for different applications!

  • How does Bridge store and share data?

    Data is stored locally, on your organization’s premises. Visualizations, reports, and dashboards on Bridge are shared over the Cloud.

  • How does Bridge make data-sharing easier?

    Each user of Bridge creates and saves their own reports, so each user sees the exact information they need to see in the format they like to see it, refreshed as often as they want.

  • How long does it take to train new users in Bridge?

    It typically takes around 5 minutes to show a new user how to create reports. The user interface is extremely intuitive.

  • Do I need an app or software program to view Bridge dashboards?

    No. Bridge is a browser-based platform, meaning any device (computer, cell phone, or tablet) can access reports through Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and many more.

  • Can different users be allowed access to different data?

    Yes. A designated data manager from your organization can determine each user’s data access level.

  • What is a Rapid Insight QuickStart?

    A Rapid Insight QuickStart connects to a database (such as a Student Information System) to address a single question, such as Fall enrollment or year-over-year student retention, through analysis and/or predictive modeling.. Quickstarts leverage Rapid Insight’s data knowledge and modeling expertise to arrive at a functional predictive model in just hours.

  • What is an Enrollment Modeling QuickStart?

    The Enrollment Modeling QuickStart connects to your Student Information System to produce a comprehensive enrollment dataset. Use this data to quickly build predictive models with Rapid Insight’s Predict to score new sets of applicants.

    Connects with Peoplesoft, Banner, and Datatel.

    • Predict each applicant’s probability of enrolling
    • Project headcount and financial aid outlay
    • Help shape your incoming class
    • Improve student enrollment management
  • What is a Student Retention and Success QuickStart?

    The Student Retention and Success QuickStart connects with your Student Information System to produce a dataset that can be used to predict retention probabilities and measure the factors that lead to student success.

    Connects with Peoplesoft, Banner, and Datatel.

    • Predict each student’s probability of attrition
    • Identify trends and profiles of students who transfer or drop out
    • Determine overall expected enrollment for next year based on this year’s class
    • Increase student success
  • What is a Competitive Enrollment Analysis QuickStart?

    The Competitive Enrollment QuickStart blends data from your Student Information System with National Student Clearinhouse data to produce a dataset that can be used to analyze applicants who choose to attend competing schools. This allows you to begin identifying trends that lead to unfavorable decisions, and take corrective action.

    Connects with Peoplesoft, Banner, and Datatel.

    • Who are their top competitor schools?
    • How many admitted applicants are being lost to each competitor?
    • How many applicants are choosing out of state schools vs. in-state?
    • What is the probability for each current applicant that they will choose a competitor?

     

  • How long does a QuickStart take to set up?

    You’ll work directly with our analysts to set up your QuickStart. The process typically takes roughly two hours from start to finish.

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