In 2018, I learned about Dear Data, a data visualization project between two friends who tracked their personal data for a week at a time and then drew out that data in a way that invited the reader to slow down and appreciate the art alongside the quantitative information. I was immediately enamored with theContinue reading “[Dear Data] Laughter as fireworks”
This, to me, is what living with curiosity is about. It’s having viewpoints and the humility to evolve them. It’s recognizing that differences aren’t scary things to shy away from or isolate behind a wall made of stone or silence: they are often opportunities to learn and stretch and experience the world more fully.
Construct with meaning As a data analyst, I am often in the position of taking a big group and dis-aggregating that group into a small number of categories. It may sound simple enough, but over time I’ve learned that the art of categorization is mired with missteps indeed. For instance, race and gender are constructs:Continue reading “Categorize with intention”
Humans > Computers An index is an outsourced list of information pointing to what you actually want to know. For instance, the index of a book. Compression of data is when you have such a high volume of information to remember that you resort to outsourcing… such as to an index. Processing power is theContinue reading “Does not compute”
The metric people fixate on tells you a lot about their frame of reference That is, after all, the whole point of selecting metrics. Remember, data never got it’s driver’s license. For instance, recently someone I loved showed hesitancy to get the COVID-19 vaccine. I was so surprised. They were an engineer by training. WhatContinue reading “Selecting Metrics”
When I started my professional career in 2011, “data driven” was a hot concept. I was young and impressionable and found myself eagerly using the phrase. I was going 100mph down Data Driven Highway, singing at the top of my lungs with no end in sight. In hindsight, it’s hilariously sad that I missed the warning signs and huge crashes on the side of the road.