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The Joy of Stats available in its entirety

I’ve been a  fan of Hans Rosling since I saw his first TED video several years ago. Here’s a four-minute clip from a one hour documentary,The Joy of Stats , he did last year for the BBC.   Hans Rosling helps visualize economic development over the last 200 years You can now find the entire […]

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Hans Rosling at TED India: making time visible

I’m turning into a bit of a Hans Rosling groupie, having blogged about several of his previous performances at TED conferences (Hans Rosling talk on world economic development myths and realities and More insights from Hans Rosling at TED 2007). Most recently, he presented at TED India. He’s a wonderful story teller and watching his […]

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Bridging analytic and managerial cultures, Part 2

Suppose you buy the notion that management is fundamentally an oral culture and analytics a literate one (see Part 1). How does that influence how you manage analytics? How can you take full advantage of technology? In an oral culture, what you can think is limited to what you can remember and tell–without visual aids. […]

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Bridging analytic and management cultures, Part 1

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the conflict between geeks and suits? Sure, they think differently, but what, exactly, does that mean? A Jesuit priest who passed away in 2003 at the age of 90 may hold one interesting clue. Walter Ong published a slim volume in 1982 titled "Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of […]

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Competent thinking about big numbers

  1000 Times Fri, 20 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMT We live in complicated times. We’re all trying to make sense of what is going on. That sense making isn’t made any easier by lazy writing and thinking. Actually, I don’t think this is a matter of deliberate efforts to mislead so much as it represents […]

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What is an Oreo?

Alan Matsumura and I had an excellent conversation earlier this month about the work he is starting up at SilverTrain. Part of the discussion centered on the unexpected problems that you run into when doing BI/information analytics work. Suppose you work for Kraft. You’d like to know how many Oreos you sold last quarter. An […]

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