Category: Analytics

There’s No Such Thing As A “Data Scientist”

I recently came across an interesting thread on Quora entitled “What is a data scientist?” The thread had 85 responses, and while no consistent definition emerged, perhaps the most popular was a variation on this this tweet by Josh Wills: After reading all the replies, as well as some of the linked articles and blog posts on

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The CIA Analytics Model: A New Take on How Analytics Creates Value

Anyone looking for things to read on analytics these days certainly has a lot to chose from. There seems to be no end to books and articles that explain or explore this topic. I am going to wade into this crowded space with my own view on a particular aspect of this issue, namely, how analytics-bases companies actually work, and, more importantly, create value in

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Google Will Force Us To Redefine Humanity (As Information)

I recently published a post about what I call the “Linn Effect,” which occurs when technological innovation creates more problems than it solves. That post came to mind as I thought about the latest challenge that Google is facing in Europe: giving people the ability to erase all or part of their digital history —

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What’s Your Data Value?

FT.com has an interesting interactive page where you can estimate the value of your personal data, based on several demographic characteristics. The calculator accompanies a short piece that analyzes just how little individual data is worth in the open market. As the piece notes: The sheer ubiquity of details about hundreds of millions of consumers

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