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The Magic of Just Putting a Spotlight on a Problem

The team’s mission is to design policy interventions based on a scientific understanding of human behavior. Recently, for instance, hoping to fight antimicrobial resistance, they tried to persuade some prescription-happy doctors to go easy on the antibiotics. GALLAGHER: We had a very simple intervention, which...
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Murder He Calculated

Threats of federal intervention aside, it will be difficult to fix the problem of high murder rates without first addressing clearance rates. So it’s fortuitous, perhaps, that we are living in an age in which the analysis of data is supposed to help us decipher,...
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Use Your Dark Data

In the same way that dark matter is an unseen but very large part of the cosmos (some estimates peg dark matter at 27 percent of the mass of the universe), dark data represents the unseen but very large part of the data that most...
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You Are Only As Good As Your Project Data

As you’ve probably heard, while Hillary Clinton won the majority of the popular vote, Donald Trump was awarded more than 270 votes in the Electoral College. Many, particularly on social media, were incredulous, partly at the candidates but also at the pollsters — in particular,...
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The Trend Is Your Friend

Check out the stunning numbers recently cited in a New York Times article: 1 percent of Baby Boomers claimed to be vegetarian, which then progressed to 4 percent of Gen X’ers saying no to meat, and onward to an even bigger bump with roughly 12...
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Your Big Data Is At Your Fingertips

So Bull Moose was able to anticipate demand for then-unknown bands such as Pearl Jam and Limp Bizkit before competitors. “We ordered stuff far better than others,” Wickard says, “but we also returned far less merchandise.” Over the past two decades, Wickard and a handful...
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How To Make Pseudo-controversial Changes

On the subject of making pseudo-controversial changes to classic Marvel characters, [Marvel’s Senior Vice President David] Gabriel added that internet outrage is never a good indicator of what actual comic book readers and fans want. “The first thing we do is watch the sales. If...
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Puttting Management On Autopilot

“Tesla is consistently introducing enhancements proven over millions of miles of internal testing to ensure that drivers supported by Autopilot remain safer than those operating without assistance,” the company said in a July 14 response. “We will continue to develop, validate, and release those enhancements...
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Refactoring Stream-Of-Thought Management

Refactoring not only helps improve the mechanical quality of code; it also helps you learn from your code. When refactoring, you converge on better models. Right now, your code works, but it may feel tense, even a bit brittle. Refactoring reveals the implicit model, which...
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Self Reporting Is Highly Inaccurate So Do This

Self Reporting Is Highly Inaccurate So Do This
[S]elf-reporting data can be very misleading.  For instance, in an Australian hospital, 73 percent of staff doctors claimed that they soaped up before interacting with patients.  But a study based on observed behavior showed that only 9 percent of them did. Stephen Dubner, Freaky Thinkers...
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How To Manage A Chaos Machine

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They assumed that, if a project was intensely and minutely planned, everything would naturally and inevitably proceed in an orderly and deterministic way.  … And when projects did go off the rails, their response was to stop everything and replan. Sometimes that works, but sometimes...
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Lessons Learned From Finally Using Medical Big Data

Lessons Learned From Finally Using Medical Big Data
Several Boston hospitals began building that platform in 2004 to enable researchers to query vast databases of patients’ electronic health records, letting them study treatment outcomes …. “We could say, ‘I’m looking for age-50 Asian females who were treated with stage III breast cancer,’ …...
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Nobody Is Healthy, You Just Need To Be Tested More

Nobody Is Healthy You Just Need To Be Tested More
“As my internist friend likes to say, ‘Nobody’s healthy — they just haven’t been tested enough,’” says Nigel Paneth, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Michigan State University. Hacking the Human OS, IEEE Spectrum, June 2015. I love data.  Once I started to collect...
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