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Archive for October, 2013

Connecting dots

October 30, 2013
Connecting dots

Everywhere we go most of us are leaving behind “signals” – dots if you will – about where we’ve been and what our interests were. When we’re moving in the physical world, many of us are more or less tracked by our portable electronic devices. When we move about in the virtual world, we are […]

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Book Review: Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan

October 23, 2013
Book Review: Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan

How many times have you wondered how two different people looking at the same report managed to draw totally opposite conclusions? How many times have you looked at a set of data yourself and decided that the data must be wrong because it doesn’t show what you “know” to be true? Well, I suspect that […]

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Ceteris Paribus

October 16, 2013
Ceteris Paribus

Here’s the challenge. We live in a complex world. Things are getting more complex every day. We try to figure out how to interact with that world; how to manipulate it. We build big complex systems in an attempt to model that world and make predictions based on the results. We analyze the data, and […]

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I refuse to give up

October 9, 2013
I refuse to give up

I have heard that statement many times in the last couple of years. Our economy, institutions, companies, families and individuals have been through some tough times. Many folks have become resigned to a fate not of their choosing. They want to work; but can’t find work and so struggle to make ends meet as best […]

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Trolls are Trolls

October 2, 2013
Trolls are Trolls

(Updated 12/7/2013) It turns out that sometimes Trolls wind up being hoist on their own petard! Photographer Daniel Morel says his decisive victory in court last week against Agence France Presse (AFP) and Getty Images was not only vindication for him, but a victory for all photographers trying to eke out a living in the […]

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