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Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Statistician Reads Blink

An excellent two part (read them both) view of the analytical shortcomings of Malcolm Gladwell's Blink.  Blink got the attention of many managers, and they brought Gladwell in to give talks the enterprise to show it could all be done so easily. The talks were broadcast via satellite to the entire enterprise with nary a critical comment.    It seemed it could replace all of the complex analytics and computational methods and we could blink our problems away.  Practitioner's like myself had to explain: 'Well not exactly".  I wish I had this when it first came out.  It should be handed out before reading Blink so you can read it with a critical eye. 

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