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Monday, August 06, 2018

Why The Data can be Very Wrong

Colleague Kaiser Fung on why the data can be very wrong, or at least very fragile.  His site is required.

Do we really know what the data are measuring? Hint: no
The tech industry has turned us into an omni-surveillance society.

Any shop that uses modern, digital, connected technologies is probably collecting, storing and selling your data to someone. The people receiving and analyzing the data form a much larger set than those collecting the data. These data analysts typically ingest the data as are, and write software that controls this or that aspect of our lives. However, such data are riddled with inaccuracies and bias, which is a form of inaccuracy.

While in Vancouver last week, I encountered the following two scenarios that illustrate the fragility of data collection.  .... " 

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