Data Civilians

Data Civilians. Monica Rigoti used that terrific term in a New York Times Big Data piece. And the term resonated. It’s common to think of Big Data in much the same ways as nuclear research. Everybody wants the bomb. Yet, … Continued

The Dependent Variable

The dependent variable is the one that matters. You can’t explain why without Y.   Last week, I broadcasted 10 questions on Twitter and Facebook what they thought of dependent variables. It’s what 18 smart managers, researchers, developers, strategists, planners, … Continued

Simulation and Data Exploration

Let’s take a look at what 16-bit interfaces could do. A great simulation game begins with just a handful degrees of freedom and explodes from there. Behold the grandeur that is SimCity for the Super Nintendo. If you’re familiar with … Continued

Discovering truths in data

Discovering truth in data always begins with you, and your judgement. Assume that you have some idea about the world. Something that you believe is true, and you want to discover if you’re right. Here’s how I draw out that … Continued

A big week for analytics in Toronto

It’s a big week for analytics in Toronto. There’s a growing industry of digital intelligence / analytics, professionals in southern Ontario. It’s a brilliant and welcoming industry. This is the week when we get together, share knowledge, and welcome newcomers. … Continued