Archive for March, 2020

Ordinal Malpractice

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

We love to put things in order. “Which college is best, second best, third best, etc., and how can I get my kid into one near the top of the list?” “I love God, Mom, America, and apple pie, in that order.” “Formal education consists of elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate school, and […]

A Thinker’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

I just finished reading the book about Artificial Intelligence (AI) that I’ve been craving for years: Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, by Melanie Mitchell. More than any other book on this hot but largely misunderstood topic, this book describes AI in clear and accessible terms. It cuts through the hype to present a […]

Stories in Our Time

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

We are surrounded by stories. We spend our lives navigating among and by means of stories. In our ancient past, everyone in a given place and time shared the same stories, and those stories were simple and few. They informed people’s lives and gave them meaning. When circumstances changed, which seldom happened, the stories changed […]

Proportionally Speaking

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

As data sensemakers, we spend a great deal of time examining quantitative relationships. Along with distribution, correlation, and time-series relationships, proportion is the other quantitative relationship that plays a significant role in data sensemaking. A proportion is just a relationship between two quantities. If we compare the number of friends that Sally and John each […]