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Holiday Math Funneh

Holidaymathfunneh from Jeremy ShapiroHappy Holidays everyone.

Posted December 21, 2012    

Is LinkedIn One Step Away from Becoming the World's Largest Performance Management System?

I got an email today from some former colleagues (and current friends), adding me to a project listing on LinkedIn. “Very cool” I thought. Then, I did a double take. What’s to stop LinkedIn from getting rating from everyone who’s ever worked on a...

Posted December 9, 2012    

Ya Can’t See the Forest Through the Trees

I was talking with a doctor on the train the other day who was complaining about the current state of medicine. It wasn’t  a complaint about insurance fees – it was actually about evidence-based medicine.  His complaint, ” Doctors today...

Posted July 30, 2012    

Great Video on How Econometricians Think About Talent Data

Robert Yerex is one of the best labor-oriented econometrics folks in non-academic circles right now.  He presented at Wolfram’s technology conference last year on how he presents data to people. If you love talent data (particularly...

Posted January 31, 2012    

Vizualize.me – Hey, someone finally got the “let’s kill all the resumes” thing right

For at least 15 years, I’ve not taken seriously the idea that a resume could be replaced. Why? Not because I didn’t think it could be done, but because every time someone set me up for a “resume killer” conversation, what they came back with was…...

Posted November 27, 2011    

Why Medians May Not be the Message – for Talent Data

I was reading a piece in the Journal this morning on a scientific debate regarding an Alzheimer’s study. The debate centers around the use of the median as a descriptive summary statistic. The article brought me to my own recollection of Nassim...

Posted May 22, 2011    

Great illustration of the hierarchy of analytical BI techniques

Thanks to Analytics Bridge and KDNuggets for pointing this out. A great map of analytical techniques that is very digestible.  Click here for the interactive version, from  Dr. Saed Sayad at the Univ. of Toronto.  http://chem-eng...

Posted January 2, 2011    

Why Making a Rational Argument to Power Can Fail…

Have you ever found a surprising insight through analysis about your business, prepared a set of slides with a solid argument, presented to the senior leadership, which dismissed it immediately?  I heard some head nods out there. You...

Posted August 15, 2010    

A social network… for the one dollar bill in your pocket.

Have you seen this?  www.wheresgeorge.com is an effort to track how cold hard cash is flowing across the country. You simply go to the site, enter the number of a bill into their registry, and it starts tracking. If the next recipient also...

Posted February 22, 2010    

We’re SO predictable… but you knew I would say that.

There is a new article in the Journal Science that has analyzed 50,000 cell phone users’ data  (in Europe) to conclude that our location at any point in time is predictable 93% of the time- including heavy business travelers.   Even...

Posted February 19, 2010