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This quote, from statistician George Box, is one of my favorites, because of its far reaching implications.  It serves as a reminder to me that whether it’s a predictive model written in Python saved in a Jupyter notebook or a mental model based on personal experience and encoded in the wet-ware of my brain, it’s still wrong – in some way and to some degree that I may not be aware of or even able to discern.

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This coming Tuesday, September 12th, I’ll be speaking at Product School in Santa Monica on data’s role in product development.  To help me prepare, I wanted to start exploring the topic first here with a post.  (Writing always helps me to structure my thinking.)

Consider this your preview of what I hope will prove to be an engaging discussion, and if you’re in the LA area, come out to join us in person.  All the details are available through Eventbrite.

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Long before Steve Jobs or Bill Gates were even twinkles in their fathers’ eyes, the word computer was a job title for someone who computes or performs mathematical calculations.  Depending which online resource you trust most, its use dates back to the 1600’s.  Not until much later, sometime in the 1800’s, did it come to refer to a device rather than a human.  From what I can gather, the word calculator underwent a similar evolution.

I’ve taken you on this little jaunt back in time in part because I’m under the influence of a book that I’m currently reading, Etymologicon, but mostly to make the point that another title – “data scientist” – is likely to follow the same trajectory.

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