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Clay Shirky says welcome the Data Deluge, but improve your Data Filters
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Clay Shirky thinks the problem is filters. That has been the pat answer for as long as there has been data. However, that is not the answer. The answer to accept all the data and analyze it through better visualization. It is better to change the granularity of data and see “the big picture” to see the trends, make a hypothesis, make predictions. We have to learn induction instead of continually resorting to deduction.
There is no bad data. There is a lot of bad analysis.
I was going through my blog statistics today when I came across an auto link that led from a blog by Fern Halper.
Dr. Fern Halper is a partner at Hurwitz & Associates, a consulting, research and analyst firm that focuses on the customer benefits derived when advanced and emerging software technologies are used to solve business problems. Fern has over twenty years of experience in data analysis, business analysis, and strategy development. Fern served as Senior Vice President for enterprise applications and services for Hurwitz Group and has held key positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. Fern spent eight years at Bell Laboratories leading the development of innovative approaches and systems to analyze marketing and operational data. Fern has published numerous articles on data mining and information technology and she is an adjunct professor at Bentley College, where she teaches courses in Information Systems and Business. Fern received her BA from Colgate University and her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.
I have been reading Fern’s posts with much interest as she not only discusses the industry concepts but gives an example of a product relevant to the concept. This makes for a much richer explanation as I find myself experimenting with the free trials for hours afterwards.