With Great Power …

“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” George Orwell One of the benefits of  the expanding analytical capabilities being created is the rise of a Culture of Evidence.  A Culture of Evidence is to increase the use of reliable, factual information in decision making.   In creating… Continue reading With Great Power …

Twas the Night Before Analysis or A Visit from the Chief Data Scientist

‘Twas the night before analysis, when all thro’ the lab Not a consultant was stirring, no more coffee to grab The algorithms were coded in the system with care In hopes that the data soon would be there The analysts were restless, tired and half dead Visualizations of regressions danc’d in their heads Tech support… Continue reading Twas the Night Before Analysis or A Visit from the Chief Data Scientist

The Imprecise Language of Analytics

There we were.  Three against a hundred. Toughest three guys we ever ran into. The growing field of data science has a quiet undercurrent that the scientific approach and the use of hard facts will yield understandable results.  There is one problem with that belief.  We still need good old, easy to misinterpret language to… Continue reading The Imprecise Language of Analytics

From Scribes to Data Scientists

The earliest writing was cuneiform from the Mesopotamian civilizations.  The writing was hard to do (reeds and clay tablets) and difficult to read (at one point over 1,000 symbols).  A specialized class called dubsars, better known by the more generic term scribe, developed over time.  To become a scribe required extensive training.  The scribe maintained… Continue reading From Scribes to Data Scientists

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, er, Failure

In this age of Big Data, the emerging field of Data Science is promising breakthrough changes for companies by looking at, well, everything, in new and different ways. It is true that some significant changes and new ideas are coming out of the Data Science realm. What disturbs me is if one was to search… Continue reading Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, er, Failure

I heard of Big Data. Does that mean at one time there was Big Paper?

Prior to the electronic storage of data, the primary medium for recording information was (and for many still is) paper.  Big Data is focused on what can be done with the massive amounts of data organizations are creating and collecting.  I was wondering if, at one time, there was a similar challenge in regards to… Continue reading I heard of Big Data. Does that mean at one time there was Big Paper?