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Tag: Statistics

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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Fiction or Forecast?

April 11, 2013
Fiction or Forecast?

“Back in the day,” I did an awful lot of spreadsheet work around forecasting. Sometimes, but not usually, I’d be asked for worst case and best case forecasts. Generally, though, any numbers I gave were reduced to only a single goal for revenue. It was vanishingly rare that someone in an executive position would present […]

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Data: What You See is . . . . What You Believe

July 21, 2012
Data: What You See is . . . . What You Believe

I’m guilty as charged and I’m confident that you are too. The old saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” is backwards. We see what we believe. It’s the way our brains are wired and we have to work pretty hard to make sure we are really seeing what’s in the data. This topic […]

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Book Review: Part I; How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard

October 1, 2007
Book Review: Part I; How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard

Book Review – Part I: How to Measure Anything; Finding the value of intangibles in business. Many times throughout my career, I’ve been confronted with the difficulty of presenting a business case for one project or another to colleagues or management. I suspect many of you have had similar experiences. Perhaps the most frequent reason […]

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