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When Will the Analytics of Things Grow Up?

Initially published by Tom Davenport on Data Informed. A few years ago, while working with DJ Patil (now the Chief Data Scientist of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy) on an article about data scientists, he related to me a…

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When data prep turns into p-hacking

One might assume that data generated by sensors and event recorders would be clean because after all, these are precise instruments, right? Alas, the analytics of things suffers from the age-old challenge of data quality. This screenshot from SAS Visual Analytics show that for…

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Benford’s Law at Lowe’s

I recently installed a replacement mailbox and post, so off I went to Lowe’s to shop for address number decals to affix to new mailbox. When I located the pegboard hooks holding the numbers, as a quant, I immediately noticed…

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