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7 Traps to Avoid Being Fooled by Statistical Randomness

Randomness is all around us. Its existence sends fear into the hearts of predictive analytics specialists everywhere -- if a process is truly random, then it is not predictable, in the analytic sense of that term.  Randomness refers to the absence of patterns, order, coherence, and predictability in a system. Unfortunately, we are often fooled by random events whenever apparent order emerges in the…See More
Jan 14
Kirk Borne commented on Kirk Borne's blog post 7 Traps to Avoid Being Fooled by Statistical Randomness
"@Dimitrios, That is a great comment! Thank you for adding your insights and discussion of hidden statistical bias (hidden variables) that can adversely induce unscientific conclusions from some individuals."
Jan 21, 2015
Dimitrios Geromichalos commented on Kirk Borne's blog post 7 Traps to Avoid Being Fooled by Statistical Randomness
"Very interesting article. I wanted only to add that there can be indeed some real Zodiac correlations which have nothing to do with astrology, of course. One example is the birth date of e.g. German soccer players who tend to be born more at the…"
Jan 21, 2015
Kirk Borne commented on Kirk Borne's blog post 7 Traps to Avoid Being Fooled by Statistical Randomness
"@William, Thanks for your comments. My point is that astrology is a diversionary past-time (at best), not science. And science (through modeling and simulation) can reproduce the distribution of birth months for the Turing Award winners.…"
Jan 12, 2015
William Shearin commented on Kirk Borne's blog post 7 Traps to Avoid Being Fooled by Statistical Randomness
"Sadly, you have missed a point on the "randomness" of astrological signs.  It has been well documented that your age relative to your peer group on starting school is related to sports performance.  The determinant of your…"
Jan 12, 2015
Donald Costello commented on Kirk Borne's blog post 7 Traps to Avoid Being Fooled by Statistical Randomness
"You capture some of the traps... all traps in logical statistical thinking but there is at least one other. When we want a rn from a distribution we are often dealing with long tailed distributions. This roughly means that we have the possibility of…"
Jan 10, 2015
Kirk Borne's 2 blog posts were featured
Jan 10, 2015
Kirk Borne's blog post was featured

Learning from Data, Big and Small, using Characterizations

In a previous article, we defined data charaterization as a “methodology for generating descriptive parameters that describe the behavior and characteristics of a data item, for use in any unsupervised learning algorithm to find features, clusters, patterns, and trends in the data without the bias of incorporating class labels.”Characterization is a…See More
Jun 4, 2014
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Learning from Data, Big and Small, using Characterizations

In a previous article, we defined data charaterization as a “methodology for generating descriptive parameters that describe the behavior and characteristics of a data item, for use in any unsupervised learning algorithm to find features, clusters, patterns, and trends in the data without the bias of incorporating class labels.”Characterization is a…See More
Jun 2, 2014
Kirk Borne replied to Vishal Sharma's discussion Big Data as per me
May 6, 2014
Kirk Borne replied to Vishal Sharma's discussion Big Data as per me
"Big Data is "Everything, quantified and tracked." That is my preferred definition**.  That applies to *everything*! There are sensors everywhere, measuring and tracking everything. The vast majority of sensors (for the moment) are…"
May 3, 2014
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Register now to attend the Useful Business Analytics Summit in Boston

Do you know how to extract the most useful insights from your business data in order to make better, smarter, faster business decisions? Find out at the Useful Business Analytics Summit (Boston, June 10-11), the unique conference where corporate peers can meet and determine how useful analytics can improve business decision-making.  Presenters will exclusively be corporate practitioners – professionals who are dedicating their careers to promoting and facilitating data-driven decisions in their…See More
Mar 29, 2014
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Feb 28, 2014
Kirk Borne's blog post was featured

Leadership Analytics - Measuring Big Data Project Success Scientifically

The application of analytics and data science methods to people is becoming an increasingly common use case for Big Data in the workplace.  For example:HR Analytics for human resource management: http://intel.ly/KGYFL7 Talent Analytics for employee recruitment, promotion, and retention: http://www.talentanalytics.com/Workforce Analytics for solving critical business problems with…See More
Feb 20, 2014
Kirk Borne posted a blog post

Leadership Analytics - Measuring Big Data Project Success Scientifically

The application of analytics and data science methods to people is becoming an increasingly common use case for Big Data in the workplace.  For example:HR Analytics for human resource management: http://intel.ly/KGYFL7 Talent Analytics for employee recruitment, promotion, and retention: http://www.talentanalytics.com/Workforce Analytics for solving critical business problems with…See More
Feb 15, 2014
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Daily (and weekly) summaries of Big Data, Analytics, Statistics, and Data Science news

For daily (and weekly) summaries of Big Data, Analytics, Statistics, and Data Science in the news, check out some of these excellent paper.li aggregations (which are just a small sample of many choices):@analyticbridge: http://paper.li/analyticbridge/1375330636 (Data Science, Big Data, Analytics)@DrMattRoach : http://paper.li/drmattroach/1321267421 (Machine…See More
Feb 11, 2014

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Data Science, Big Data, and Data Mining researcher, collaborating with folks in many disciplines, from many organizations and agencies.
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Field of Expertise:
Business Analytics, Predictive Modeling, Data Mining, Other
Years of Experience in Analytical Role:
30
Professional Status:
Technical, Professor
Interests:
Networking, New Venture
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7 Traps to Avoid Being Fooled by Statistical Randomness

Randomness is all around us. Its existence sends fear into the hearts of predictive analytics specialists everywhere -- if a process is truly random, then it is not predictable, in the analytic sense of that term.  Randomness refers to the absence of patterns, order, coherence, and predictability in a system. 

Unfortunately, we…

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Posted on January 9, 2017 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Feature-Rich Toys and Data

We all love features... lots of features! ...in our new cars, in our gadgets, in our smart phones, in our toys, and in our data sets! 

Consider this toy that we found at the thrift store for under $6.00:

This toy house delivers numerous musical and other sound effects that are…

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Posted on January 9, 2015 at 2:30pm

Learning from Data, Big and Small, using Characterizations

In a previous article, we defined data charaterization as a “methodology for generating descriptive parameters that describe the behavior and characteristics of a data item, for use in any unsupervised learning algorithm to find features, clusters, patterns, and trends in the data without the bias of incorporating class…

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Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:30am

Register now to attend the Useful Business Analytics Summit in Boston

Do you know how to extract the most useful insights from your business data in order to make better, smarter, faster business decisions?
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