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December 2012 Blog Posts (2)

Joining data - an ethical question

As the olympics drew to a close, the business of collating and analysing the data began in earnest. Take for instance the medal table. There has already been some interesting statistics emerging.
When you looked at the normal medal table, ordered by medal count, you see the usuals at the top - China, USA etc. But when you cross-reference the medal volumes against each country's population size, you get a very different view. As a measure of medals per capita, New Zealand are top…

Added by Richard on December 28, 2012 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Managing the mavericks

Centralising specialist functions within a large organisation is generally the best way of ensuring that operations are run in a consistent and professional manner. For IT related functions, this is vital. Departments that are entirely focused on non-data goals like sales, manufacturing or customer services may easily become disillusioned by the IT department and what they see as excessive time, cost and red tape. This gives rise to a phenomenon I have named "the data…

Added by Richard on December 16, 2012 at 4:31am — 1 Comment

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