by Kimberly Nevala As analytics becomes pervasive, standard operating paradigms for data management are being challenged. In some cases new models compliment established practices while others are on a collision course. Successfully responding requires a shift in the operating models we are willing to consider. Which does not imply an either/or proposition. It’s no coincidence […]
Want to be a Data Scientist? Emulate a 5-Year Old
by Kimberly Nevala Consider the following conversation with my young nephew, code name Mark. … Mark [determined]: Why can’t I? Me [desperate]: Because you are five. Mark [unfazed]: Why am I five? Me [stupefied]: Because you were born 5 years ago. Mark [genuinely interested]: How was I born 5 years ago? Me [smarter than I […]
Analytics and Data Stories: From Fantasy to Non-Fiction
by Kimberly Nevala During our recent session on data storytelling a question was posed: Can storytelling be applied at the first stage of the analytic process? Specifically, when a working hypothesis is initially formed and before hard data is well in hand. The answer is yes. Storytelling can and should be applied throughout the analytic […]
Data Science and Data Storytelling: Friend or Foe?
by Kimberly Nevala Here’s the conundrum. Our ability to influence change is proportional to our ability to alter people’s perceptions and motivate action. Generally, doing so requires evidence. But our ability to provide convincing evidence is, paradoxically, often stymied by the inscrutable analytic methods which generate that evidence. Not to mention the nature of the […]