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Getting Witty About Your Work With Data
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Re: Relative numbers
  • 7/18/2014 8:54:33 AM
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Witty is cool, but because all have truth in them, the real question might be how our behavior develops as we gain insight about the value of data and what we do with it and not do harm with the advantages it brings.

Re: Relative numbers
  • 7/16/2014 3:52:42 PM
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Terry, I find that with the help of a few cocktails, I'm able to effectively tune out any comparatives between the teeny-weeny gadgets of today to the mammoth systems of old. As of reading your comment, I'm also not committed to using the word "bloviate" in conversation next time I'm out cocktailing. That'll impress all my friends, I'm sure.

Re: Give credit
  • 7/16/2014 3:29:01 PM
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Hi Jim, having had the opportunity to do a one-on-one interview with Thornton, I can say from firsthand experience that he's great at the quip. I pulled that from his book, The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics, which makes easy reading of the topic.

Give credit
  • 7/16/2014 9:02:41 AM
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I don't have a great data quip. However, since you quote Thornton May, I would suggest that everyone sit in on a Thornton May presentation and you will get enough quips to last a month or two. Just give him the credit he deserves.

Also, presentation of your quip really matters. I would suggest adopting a classic John Cleese tone from his Monty Python days.

Re: Relative numbers
  • 7/15/2014 6:48:46 PM

Both of those are good.

How about "All models are wrong, but some are useful." (George E. P. Box)

 

 

Relative numbers
  • 7/15/2014 5:31:47 PM
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Thanks for a fun take on a relevant topic, Beth. I'll just add that I do grow a little tired of hearing this one:

          "The [smartphone of choice] has three times the computing power NASA had for the Apollo 11 mission."

          --Bloviating Cocktail Party Attendees Everywhere

 

Re: Quotes about Data
  • 7/15/2014 4:02:59 PM
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@rbfowler -- that's a good one -- sad, but true. Thanks for sharing.

 

Quotes about Data
  • 7/15/2014 3:42:50 PM
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"In times like these when unemployment rates are up to 13%, income has fallen by 5%, and suicide rates are climbing I get so angry that the government is wasting money on things like collection of statistics!"

– Hans Rosling in "The Joy of Stats"



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