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Why You Should Fear Facebook’s Data Warehouse

“They “trust me”…dumb f**ks.” Excuse me for the expletive. And sorry to break it to you, but that’s pretty much how Mark Zuckerberg described his 4,000 users back in 2004 when Facebook had barely started. He was only answering his friend, who had asked how he’d been able to collect personal data. Ok, we could […]

Framing Your Data Correctly

When presenting information how you frame it matters. To illustrate this point we’re going to compare how FiveThirtyEight, one of the best data news sources, changed their framing between the US Presidential election in 2016 versus the US Mid-Term election in 2018. Using Percentages First, let’s see how they framed the race for president between […]

How to Find and Remove Duplicates in Excel

In working with data from any source, you need to make sure you don’t have duplicate values. In many systems, this can be particularly cumbersome. In my favorite manual data processing tool, Excel, there are a few ways to simplify this process. I’ve used this technique to remove duplicates from Excel for years for its […]

How Data Conquered Tech

  Background As the saying goes, “if sales are the air a company breathes, then data is the blood running through its veins.” At least that’s how I remember the saying. That’s because, for decades in business or organizations, data has been the underlying force that makes all of it possible. It’s basic because without […]

What Data Pros Can Learn from Mr. Rogers

It was 1969. The US was in the middle of the Vietnam war. Money was tight and the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications was holding hearings to determine the “value” of public broadcasting. The main decider (Senator Pastore) had been hearing testimony after testimony and was bored of the same tired arguments. By the […]

When to Tell Your Boss No

I played the role of “boss” for many years in my career, and I never liked hearing the word no from my team. There are, however, a few occasions where I found it not only acceptable but necessary. Let me explain – Being in a position where you’re responsible for another person triggers a primal […]

Data Science for People in a Hurry

  The thing is, every company already has a data science department, even if they don’t know it. In order to understand that though lets’ start with a definition of “Data Science” since it is easily one of the most confused and overused terms in tech. Originally Data Scientist was basically a statistician that could […]

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