James M. Connolly, Editor of All Analytics, 10/24/2016
One of the key goals of a blog is to make people think. Maybe a reader will take action; that would be nice. But writers really want people to think about the implications of a news event, a trend, or a speaker's comment.
Denormalization of data for performance reasons is one of the most common and entrenched misconceptions in data management. Less than full normalization has severe deleterious effects, particularly for analytics.
James M. Connolly, Editor of All Analytics, 10/21/2016
Attention, analytics professionals. Beat the bosses to the punch, and ask for a raise today. Don't wait until after that meeting when your boss, the finance boss, and the boss of bosses (aka CEO) sit around and grumble their way through a bunch of spreadsheets. You may have heard how the conversation goes, "Well if we give that department 2.5%, ...
With the US Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health topics in the news lately, I wondered how much people spend on healthcare in various countries. Of course spending varies from person to person, so I decided to take a look at the average per capita spending in each country (it's not perfect, but it's still interesting!).
Bryan Beverly, Statistician, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10/19/2016
Questions -- Would you be willing to pay higher state taxes to reduce the number of elderly persons dying from asthma next year by 20%? Would you vote for federal subsidies to pharmaceuticals to offset the costs of producing EpiPens, if that reduced deaths of children due to allergies by 15%? Would you lobby your city council to impose greater safety ...