The Science Behind a More Precise DNA Matching Algorithm

Posted by Anna Swayne on May 3, 2016 in Analytics, DNA, Science

Today we announced that the matching portions of the AncestryDNA test results have been updated. The purpose of this post is to give you a little more detail around the science behind these improvements. Our previous DNA matching algorithms were based on the AncestryDNA database when it was populated by about half a million people.… Read more

Data Driven: Presentation on the Journey to Self-Serve Analytics

Posted by Adam Davis on September 5, 2014 in Analytics, Technology Conferences

Data analytics and visualization is everywhere we turn. We find it in websites, newspaper articles, smartphone apps, and more.  With so many options for data tools it can seem overwhelming at times to know what will work and what won’t for your data goals.  At we constantly evolve to find or create the tools… Read more

DNA and the Masses: The Science and Technology Behind Discovering Who You Really Are

Posted by Melissa Garrett on March 12, 2014 in Analytics, Big Data, DNA, Science

Originally published on Wired Innovation Insights, 3-12-14. There is a growing interest among mainstream consumers to learn more about who they are and where they came from. The good news is that DNA tests are no longer reserved for large medical research teams or plot lines in CSI. Now, the popularity of direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests… Read more

API Performance Monitor

Posted by Anders on January 15, 2014 in Analytics, CSS/HTML/JavaScript

My team has been tasked with providing a dashboard for some of our product teams that enables them to aggregate various monitoring systems, logs, metrics, and other forensic tools into one place. While provisioning this dashboard, we discovered we needed a tool that could hit an endpoint, run code against the response, record the results, and… Read more

Why Have a Browser Support Policy?

Posted by Jeff Lord on January 6, 2014 in Analytics, Development, Mobile, Testing, Web

With the growing number of web browsers and mobile devices being used to access content on the internet, it has become increasingly important for organizations to solidify a browser/device support policy. Internally, this type of policy can help with the development and testing of new features and pages by focusing time, effort, and resources on… Read more

A Fast 11 Years at Billions of Historic Records, Millions of Customers and A Boat-Load of Code Later

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 3, 2013 in Analytics, Big Data, Inside our Offices, Machine Learning

I joined as a developer in June 2002 – exactly 11 years ago – just as was inventing the family tree technology that differentiates us today. The last 11 years have flown by as our team innovates against the constant challenge of improving our unique and dedicated community’s experience. Looking back over that… Read more