Category Archives: data

Delhi Elections: Exit Polls vs Results

The results are out and the winner is ‘Aam Aadmi Party’. A start-up that growth hacked itself to become the second highest seat winner. Here is how 2 exist polls compared to the results

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While Today’s Chanakya Exit Polls data were closest to the results, Times Now (except for their spot on BJP Exist Poll data) are way away from the results. Good Job ‘Chanakya’ !!

Now to take a macro view of the Chanakya exit polls and results

 

Fifteen Quotes on Data

Here are some of my favorite quotes for anyone fascinated by data

  1. “A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding” – Marshall McLuhan
  2. “Anything that is measured and watched improves.” – Bob Parsons
  3. “Data beats emotions.” – Sean Rad, founder of Ad.ly
  4. “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.” – Winston Churchill
  5. “Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” – Tim Berners-Lee
  6. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley
  7. “For every two degrees the temperature goes up, check-ins at ice cream shops go up by 2%.” – Andrew Hogue, Foursquare
  8. “If you don not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing” – W. Edward Deming
  9. “If the statistics are boring, you’ve got the wrong numbers” – Edward Tufte
  10. “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming
  11. “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess” – Ronald Coase
  12. “Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore 
  13. “Let the data set change your mindset” – Hans Rosling
  14. “Data is the new Oil” – Clive Humby

    and my favorite

    If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine. – Jim Barksdale

PS: Top 15 is the new top 10