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Focus – Daniel Goleman: Chapter 12 (Patterns, Systems, and Messes)

Consumed => “Focus: Chapter Chapter 12 (Patterns, Systems, and Messes)” by Daniel Goleman.

=> Key takeaway (page 135)…

“What makes data more useful is the person curating it. Ideally, the person who curates information will zero in on what matters, prune away the rest, establish context for what the data means, and do all that in a way that shows why it is vital—and so captures people’s attention.

The best curators don’t just put the data in a meaningful context—they know what questions to ask. When I interviewed (Thomas) Davenport, he was writing a book that encourages those who manage big data projects to ask questions like these: Are we defining the right problem? Do we have the right data? What are the assumptions behind the algorithm that data gets fed into? Does the model guiding those assumtions map on reality?

At that same (MIT) conference, Rachael Schutt, a senior statistician at Google Research, observed that data science requires more than math skills: it also takes people who have a wide-ranging curiosity, and whose innovation is guided by their own experience—not just data. After all, the best intuition takes huge amounts of data, harvesting, our entire life experience, and filters it through the human brain.”

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