Who Cares About Your Data?

  • Dave Convery

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2151

    Comments posted to this topic are about the item Who Cares About Your Data?

  • natewest

    Old Hand

    Points: 307

    Editor of the medical journal The Lancet recently argued that at least half of science is wrong.

    http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736%2815%2960696-1.pdf

    As one participant put it, โ€œpoor methods get resultsโ€.

    This goes double in the business world. We follow the fad instead of focusing on what works, so now we've got people with a small 1 TB of data buying Hadoop to "mine" the data. And we hire a bunch of medicine men (i mean "data scientists") who will magic their way to riches via machine learning! No need to think hard about our business anymore, let the computer think for us!

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 994683

    As Granny used to say...

    "Figures can lie and liars figure."

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
    "If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."--Red Adair
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not."
    When you put the right degree of spin on it, the number 3|8 is also a glyph that describes the nature of a DBAs job. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Eirikur Eiriksson

    SSC Guru

    Points: 182356

    Very nice piece Jeff and a very good point.

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    As a side note, I have not hindered or limited my children's access to any source of information, rather I've spent the effort on teaching them to question all sources (even me), this is beyond a gate or a barrier, it's closer to superstition.

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 994683

    Eirikur Eiriksson (5/31/2015)


    Very nice piece Jeff...

    To be sure, Dave wrote the article... not me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
    "If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."--Red Adair
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not."
    When you put the right degree of spin on it, the number 3|8 is also a glyph that describes the nature of a DBAs job. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Phil Hummel

    Grasshopper

    Points: 24

    Microsoft has tried to market Analysis Service as a tool that turns anyone into a data scientist. I disagree. It is not about just having the tool, it is more about the art and science of knowing how to test data to see if there are any stable and meaningful INDICATIONS. When someone reports that our data indicate there is a strong correlation between factor A and factor B it gives me confidence that they are not over hyping the findings. When I see a claim that X causes Y, I'm always skeptical at least.

  • natewest

    Old Hand

    Points: 307

    Don't even get me started on the marketing bull that is the term "data scientist" or "data science". Chemistry is a science. It uses lots of data. Physics is a science. Heck, one could even say that "business" can be studied as a science. All of these sciences have data, and analyzing that data in the context of that field is science. Analyzing data itself, shorn of the connection to anything real, is not science - it's mathematics.

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