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Re: The Data
  • 1/2/2015 7:04:09 AM
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I wonder if Santa is capturing the data from that app and if your daughter is going to get extra goodies next year for making things easier on the elves.   The idea of data capture by a fictional character is a good exercise for what would I do type scenarios.  It's fun to see how other people view the constraints and requirements. 

Re: The Data
  • 12/31/2014 10:44:56 PM
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@SaneIT, from what I remember, Santa is a pretty lenient judge. You have to be pretty darn naughty to get put on the bad list. You have to be a degenerate bully or mean big brother or an absolute everyday grinch. That said, I think we're giving Santa too much credit on his data. I think he relies on hearsay, a scan of social media and maybe a YouTube video or two to make a spot judgment call.

 

Re: The Data
  • 12/31/2014 4:34:27 PM
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SaneIT my daughter has a naughty and nice monitor on her kindle that puts her in a zone for very nice and very naughty. Maybe Santa does a daily average and then performs a weighted average to get the actual number that equates to number and quality of toys!

Re: The Data
  • 12/31/2014 7:07:10 AM
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@magneticnorth, I guess I'm going to have to go back and watch some old Christmas shows to see if I can find the naughty:nice ratio that Santa uses.  If we can figure that out then we know just how far kids can push it before the big guy cuts them off.  I always saw it as Santa being a judge of naughty and nice like figure skating.

Re: The Data
  • 12/31/2014 7:00:56 AM
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@David, those would be my base but  I would also include no duplicate toys from previous years, no underwear or socks and % of cookies and milk consumed.

Re: Holiday data magic
  • 12/31/2014 1:07:10 AM
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Dave I am having one custom made for next Christmas for the exact size of a Porsche  911 ---black please!

Re: The Data
  • 12/30/2014 9:35:55 PM
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"-accuracy of toys delivered vs child's desire"

@David, I remember from firsthand experience --- and I've seen it from my own kids' and relatives' experiences --- that Santa generally drops the ball in this category. I know I am sharing purely anecdotal info here, but I believe the data would bear out this trend.

Re: The Data
  • 12/30/2014 7:49:02 PM
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Infinite budget? Santa must be the original Google!

Re: The Data
  • 12/30/2014 7:38:56 PM
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Presumably Santa's budget is pretty infinite. I think he bought Apple early. 

As for social media, i think we monitor it mostly for ungrateful children who end up on the naughty list for next year. 

Re: The Data
  • 12/30/2014 5:43:16 PM
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David, good list of measurables. Are we talking survey as well as social media as data sources? Also, do we care to know if he's under budget or not?

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