Are you smarter than a 5th grade data scientist?

By Trent Smith, SAS Sr. Communications Specialist, Education Black Dog Syndrome may sound like the clinical term for a Led Zeppelin earworm but, as any animal shelter worker will tell you, it actually describes the challenge black dogs face in getting adopted. This phenomenon was recently in the spotlight because Oct. 1 was National Black Dog Day!Black Dog Syndrome was explored by 10 year-old Carah Gilmore, who used data visualization software to analyze and present data that would help a charity dear to her heart: a local pet adoption agency. Carah uncovered factors that determine how fast a dog gets adopted. Her analysis verified Black Dog Syndrome, the idea that black dogs spend more time waiting for a new home than lighter-colored dogs.Carah and two other budding data scientists used…


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