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Search all the business literature you can and you'll never find data analysis compared to romantic love. But, hey, why not? Love's trajectories might hint at what the business world's newly enabled generation of data analysts can expect. These... Read More..
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A guy walks into your cube and asks you to whip up an econometric model. You're a statistician, after all, and you've got a Ph.D. in something or other. You do this for lunch, he figures. He "over-thought," says... Read More..
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When you come face to face with unfamiliar data, how do you proceed? How do you avoid sending you and your shiny "speed of thought" tool slamming into a dead end? Dan Murray's got a routine — and he's... Read More..
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As Stephen Few delivered his keynote address at the recent Tableau customer conference in Seattle, he suddenly broke his rhythm to look at someone in the audience. "Is that Howard Dresner?" he asked, surprised. It was. Howard is the... Read More..
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Does it seem to you like data analysis is busting out all over the place? It might become another fun game like chess or Chutes and Ladders — so this might be good time to recall an old admonition:... Read More..
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I'm sorry to tell you serious types out there, but visual analysis is often a game — in fact, one of the best games in town with Tableau Software's visual analysis tool. Now Tableau Public is going to bring... Read More..
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Dear Ted: My title is "strategist analyst," but I've become just "the data geek." As soon as I get into the fine points of my data, they roll their eyes. In meetings, they make little jokes to each other,... Read More..
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What's the hardest part of training a new data analyst? Resetting the trainee's mindset. "They start out with the idea that there's a right answer," says Joe Mako. Joe's leaving his job — where about one year ago he... Read More..
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With all that email that piles in for vi*gra and unlucky Nigerian princes, we assume that someone, somewhere, makes tons of money on it all. But some stealthy University of California researchers at Berkeley and San Diego concluded that... Read More..
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In this blog, freelance writer and analyst Ted Cuzzillo considers the far end of business intelligence, where technology meets the irregular human profile. With original reporting and analysis, he writes about data analysis and the analysts themselves, as well as a range of other concerns such as perceptions, terminology and personalities.

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