Meta S. Brown, Business Analytics Consultant, 12/7/2016
A data analyst I know was passed over for a job he really wanted. I wondered why. He was conscientious and patient, and his qualifications seemed appropriate for the role. Then someone clued me in. "He lacks general knowledge," she said.
James M. Connolly, Editor of All Analytics, 12/6/2016
A couple weeks ago, All Analytics hosted a discussion among A2 bloggers about the relationship between data and humans. The consensus was that as we move through 2017, we will see more organizations trying to strike a balance when it comes to utilizing data and experience in decision making.
Given the overhyped promise of data science, the "shock" at the broad failure to predict the election outcome was inevitable. Skimming through the media and technical accounts, it looks like a better understanding of prediction and explanation is necessary for less surprises and sounder analytics.
Retailers this week were assessing the success of the application of their analytics strategies to win greater share of customer holiday shopping dollars, and according to the early returns, it looks to be a good season.
Polly Mitchell-Guthrie, SAS R&D Project and Program Management, 12/1/2016
In honor of this week's #GivingTuesday, which "harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities," I've been thinking about what constitutes "real change" and the role analytics can play on the many social issues our planet faces.