Visualizing Complex Relationships

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The graphic above has been called the best statistical graphic ever drawn. It is Charles Minard’s infographic of Napoleon’s failed invasion of Russia in 1812-1813. It is ultimately a map overlaid with key facts about the campaign. Amazingly, it was published in 1869 – well before the term ‘infographic’ was created. The beige line is […]

Beware, Predictive Analytics Can Make You Look Like an Idiot

offensive playbook

If you apply predictive analytics to help make important decisions in your organization, I can guarantee that many people will think the predictions are wrong. In their mind, you (or your model) will be an idiot. So, who would want to use predictive analytics?!? The people who are focused on the big, long-term wins and […]

The Fourth V of Big Data

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As many of you may know, to the 3 V’s of Big Data (Volume, Velocity, Variety) has been added a 4th ‘V’- the concept of Veracity. Oh wait, apparently a 5th and 6th ‘V’ have been added – Value and Viability. A 7th? Not yet? It’s only a matter of time. I nominate vaticination. Since Veracity was suggested by […]

You Can’t Spell “Big Data” Without “V”

Venn Diagram of Velocity, Volume, Variety

If you’ve been alive and reading anything published in the last year, you’ve probably seen two terms – Big Data and The Cloud (a great name for an indie electronic synth-pop band, btw). I have to admit that every time I hear the term Big Data I picture a server room with network storage devices […]