Data Analysis Quotes

Quotes tagged as "data-analysis" (showing 1-16 of 16)
Ronald H. Coase
“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.”
Ronald H. Coase, Essays on Economics and Economists

“Computers bootstrap their own offspring, grow so wise and incomprehensible that their communiqués assume the hallmarks of dementia: unfocused and irrelevant to the barely-intelligent creatures left behind. And when your surpassing creations find the answers you asked for, you can't understand their analysis and you can't verify their answers. You have to take their word on faith.”
Peter Watts, Blindsight

“To find signals in data, we must learn to reduce the noise - not just the noise that resides in the data, but also the noise that resides in us. It is nearly impossible for noisy minds to perceive anything but noise in data.”
Stephen Few, Signal: Understanding What Matters in a World of Noise

“The latest technologies are often sexy, but beware of solutions that vendors dress up like trollops, unless you're looking for a one-night stand.”
Stephen Few, Signal: Understanding What Matters in a World of Noise

Phil Dourado
“By the time your perfect information has been gathered, the world has moved on.”
Phil Dourado, The 60 Second Leader: Everything You Need to Know about Leadership, in One Minute Bites

Isaac Asimov
“The real point of the matter is that what we call a 'wrong datum' is one which is inconsistent with all other known data. It is our only criterion for right and wrong.”
Isaac Asimov, Robot Visions

“The inadequacy of unidimensional plotting along a continuum (in this case the diagonal of a symmetric matrix) inevitably would make "buffer" elements appear non-conformist when in fact they may be part of an interconnected pattern.”
Jennifer K. McArthur, Place-Names in the Knossos Tablets Identification and Location

“G. Stanley Hall, a creature of his times, believed strongly that adolescence was determined – a fixed feature of human development that could be explained and accounted for in scientific fashion. To make his case, he relied on Haeckel's faulty recapitulation idea, Lombroso's faulty phrenology-inspired theories of crime, a plethora of anecdotes and one-sided interpretations of data. Given the issues, theories, standards and data-handling methods of his day, he did a superb job. But when you take away the shoddy theories, put the anecdotes in their place, and look for alternate explanations of the data, the bronze statue tumbles hard.
I have no doubt that many of the street teens of Hall's time were suffering or insufferable, but it's a serious mistake to develop a timeless, universal theory of human nature around the peculiarities of the people of one's own time and place.”
Robert Epstein, Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence

“Blogging, writing conventional articles, and being science consultant and pocket protector ninja to various web portals and TV programs, quite often trying to promote the penicillin of hard data to people who had no interest in being cured of their ignorance.”
Stephen L. Burns, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, 2012 December

“Your relevance as a data custodian is your ability to analyse and interpret it. If you can’t, your replacement is due.”
Wisdom Kwashie Mensah

“Everything that informs us of something useful that we didn't already know is a potential signal. If it matters and deserves a response, its potential is actualized.”
Stephen Few

Wisdom Kwashie Mensah

“To have an eye for opportunity is to be a Data Scientist.”
Damian Mingle

“There's a strand of the data viz world that argues that everything could be a bar chart. That's possibly true but also possibly a world without joy.”
Amanda Cox

“Signals always point to something. In this sense, a signal is not a thing but a relationship. Data becomes useful knowledge of something that matters when it builds a bridge between a question and an answer. This connection is the signal.”
Stephen Few, Signal: Understanding What Matters in a World of Noise

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
“If you can't understand a study, the problem is with the study, not with you.”
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are