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March 27, 2008


John Hunter

It is important to understand what the data being quoted actually mean. People can attempt to mislead by trying to quote the data in a way that gives the impression they want. Data can't lie, though if you are not careful you can be mislead by the assumptions you make about what the data says. Data is just a proxy for the real truth (sometimes the proxy is very close to the truth and sometimes there is quite a bit of room for the data to indicate one thing but reality to be something else).

http://management.curiouscatblog.net/2007/08/09/data-cant-lie/ http://management.curiouscatblog.net/2004/08/29/dangers-of-forgetting-proxy-nature-of-data/

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