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The net is set for the fish

The following passage is taken from the beautiful book  Master of the Three Ways by Hing Ying Ming (which libraries might classify as “Eastern Philosophy”): The net is set for the fish, But catches the swan in its mesh. The praying mantis covets its prey, While the sparrow approaches from the […]

Tell me what you want to see

Caught this magnificent optical illusion on kottke.org today. I’d say that is definitely  this is worth a minute or two of your time. Was in my “data” frame of mind when I watched this, and couldn’t help thinking that this is exactly how data works: control the content, control the angle (i.e. perception), […]

Expensive Software and Consultants

They took our data, ran it through their software, and they got the answers that eluded us for so long. I was told they were a big consulting company, which meant they probably had great, restrictively expensive software that could do the job. That’s why. But I don’t buy that […]

Business Implications of Analysis

“And,” she said, “we found that the more rooms a hotel has, the higher the positive rating.” I was at NUS (National University of Singapore) in my Master’s class — listening to my peers present their analysis on the relationship between hotel class (e.g. budget, mid-scale and luxury) and the […]

You make it look so easy

I’ll start with a quote I read today from the book Getting Ahead (Garfinkle, 2011) about a problem faced by people good at their craft. It made me smile because I this was the first time I’d seen it brought up anywhere and which I thought was one of those […]

How I became an analyst

I just approved a comment on one of my earlier posts, a post about my possible foray into sales. A post that, as I re-read it, brought back plenty of memories. A post that reminded me how my career as it stands now, that of data science and analytics, is quite different […]

Making Measurement Count

There’s a saying I’ve heard many times that goes something like this: what gets measured gets done. And though I completely agree with that saying, I think it misses a crucial point: that before measuring anything, we have to make sure that what’s getting done is what you want to […]

KFC and the Representative Survey

I had KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) for breakfast yesterday. Chicken rice porridge and a “breakfast” wrap (that oddly enough didn’t seem to contain any chicken). It was decent, and I liked it. So when I was quite excited when I saw that the receipt had a link to an online […]