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The Kibble Buffet Experiment

My three indoor cats are all seniors now, so I’m even more concerned that they have a healthy diet. I feed them both wet and dry food. They share most of two cans of wet food per day and have … Continue reading

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Visualizations versus Infographics

Visualizations and infographics are both visual representations of data that are often confused. In fact, there is not a clear line of demarcation between the two. Both are informative. Both can be static or animated. Both require a knowledgeable person … Continue reading

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Searching for Answers

Need to find something out, just Google it. Now that Google is a verb as well as a noun, it’s easy. But … It Hasn’t Always Been Easy Adults under 30, Millennials, grew up with smartphones, laptop and tablet computers, … Continue reading

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Regression Fantasies

Common Reasons for Doubting a Regression Model Finding a model that fits a set of data is one of the most common goals in data analysis. Least squares regression is the most commonly used tool for achieving this goal. It’s … Continue reading

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How to Write Data Analysis Reports in Six Easy Lessons

In every data analysis, putting the analysis and the results into a comprehensible report is the final, and for some, the biggest hurdle. The goal of a technical report is to communicate information. However, the technical information is difficult to … Continue reading

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Ten Ways Statistical Models Can Break Your Heart

Models are beautiful. The ways their features are combined sets them apart from each other.  Each has its own personality, sometimes pleasant, sometimes not, and often not what you would expect. Here are ten ways your love affair with statistical … Continue reading

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Looking for Insight through a Window

At a press briefing on February 12, 2002, then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld addressed the absence of evidence linking the government of Iraq with weapons of mass destruction: There are known knowns. There are things we know that we … Continue reading

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How to Write Data Analysis Reports. Lesson 6—Get Acceptance.

Data analysis reports have to go through one more hurdle after they are completely written. They have to be approved for acceptance by a gatekeeper. The approval for acceptance may involve allowing report distribution, starting the publishing process, issuing payment … Continue reading

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How to Write Data Analysis Reports. Lesson 5—Get It Done.

Perhaps the hardest part of writing a data analysis report is just getting it completed. It takes discipline and persistence to stay on track. Even so, it’s easy to get distracted. Sometimes the problem is that the story of the … Continue reading

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How to Write Data Analysis Reports. Lesson 4—Get Their Attention.

If you’re writing a report about statistics, you have to expect that many readers will lose interest after a while, if they even had it to begin with. So, in writing the report, think about how you might engage your … Continue reading

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