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Tips to Making Great Data Products

Don’t try to be too clever. Simple, straightforward approaches beat cleverness 9 times out of 10. Start with something simple, then make it more complex if needed. Don’t start with something complex and then simplify. The hardest part of data science is getting good, clean data. Cleaning data is often 80% of the work. Try … Continue reading

Top Three Technology Trends of 2014

Top Trends of 2014:  1. The Industrial Internet (a.k.a. the “Internet of Things”) will revolutionize infrastructure.  One of the biggest technology trends in 2014 will be one that remains essentially invisible to the vast majority of people on this planet, even though its eventual impact on humankind will be dramatic. The first applications of the … Continue reading

How to Make Good Decisions

(From Dan Heath, author of Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work)  Multitrack your options when you are facing a difficult decision. (Having multiple options leads to better decisions.)   When you consider multiple things simultaneously, you’re actually learning a lot about the shape of the problem —the important factors involved—and that knowledge … Continue reading

Is Google (Facebook;Twitter) the World’s Best Economist?

I have been wondering for a while why Economists haven’t made better use of Google keyword search analytics as an economic tool after hearing how Google can predict flu outbreaks with surprising accuracy: http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2010/05/17/google-flu-trends-good-at-suggesting-not-pinpointing-flu-cases/ While Google flu trends is a coarse indicator, I wondered if other Google search terms could be more accurate short-term predictors … Continue reading