Archive for December, 2014

Big Dataclast: My Concerns about Dataclysm

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Dataclysm, by Christian Rudder If you’re familiar with my work, you know that I am an iconoclast within the business intelligence (BI) and analytics communities, refusing to join the drunkard’s party of hyperbolic praise for information technologies. The “clast” portion of the term “iconoclast” means “to break.” I often break away from the herd, and […]

Assessing Risk versus Uncertainty: A Review of “Risk Savvy”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

In the opening chapter of Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer, he writes: When something goes wrong, we are told that the way to prevent further crisis is better technology, more laws, and bigger bureaucracy. How to protect ourselves from the next financial crisis? Stricter regulations, more and better advisers. How […]

Curiosity Trumps All: A Review of “Curious” by Ian Leslie

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I believe that no single quality better equips data analysts for success than curiosity. Ian Leslie’s book Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It, isn’t about data analysis, but is instead about curiosity in general: what it is, how it develops, how caregivers can encourage its development in children, how […]