Counting Stuff

Randy Au
The less sexy (but very important!) side of the data sciences, every Tuesday morning.
Created 24 Jan 2020
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  • Views on dashboards being answers, or not
    07 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    I recently had to make a very brief stop in San Antonio. Not much going on but I got to use my camera. (yay) I don’t normally write multiple posts about the same topic, but last week someone emailed i...
  • The utility of an unwatched dashboard
    30 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Yes. Nothing but a can of corn. A much shorter post this week due to the holiday break in the US. I hope everyone got some rest! The most common reason I’ve heard to justify the creation of a dashboar...
  • It's that DS meme plane with dots again
    23 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    It’s a plane, with measles. The past week, I designed a thing. Originally I had wanted to make an enamel pin for the “survivorship bias” airplane for myself and was fighting with Illustrator to get th...
  • Handling shifting survey questions
    16 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    Took the kid to a place where you could feed the goats. This one was particularly smug. It’s coming to the end of the year, which means it’s “plan for next year” season! Which, for us data folk, also ...
  • What Data Folk Were Saying about Zillow
    09 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    Yes, I know there’s a gazillion posts about the Zillow situation being posted already. Aside from a brief summary for context and references at the end, this week’s post is NOT about what happened AT ...
  • The many faces of "Production"
    02 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    A lot of hand carved pumpkins at a display in Westchester, NY Every Wednesday (around midday East coast time) I’m making an effort to create a “No stupid data questions” thread (example) where I do my...
  • Hands On: Overdoing a Static Website
    26 Oct 2021 • 12 min read • 1 1
    About as graceful as a penguin getting out of water. This week, I do something I don’t do very often… mess with infrastructure instead of just messing with numbers and databases! One thing I generally...
  • Measuring broader impact is extremely hard
    19 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    A young, slightly lost peacock at the Bronx Zoo in early Autumn A couple of months ago, someone pinged me with a question that was… complicated… to answer. So I held off a bit to think about it, and t...
  • How do we know our thermometers are correct?
    12 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    This week we’ll be taking a break from data science to have some fun looking at measurement again. Other posts in this series include rice cups that come with rice cookers, paper measurements, and rul...
  • Research is a team sport, even the analysis bits
    05 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    A bit of a shorter post this week because the toddler brought home a wallop of a cold that’s bulldozed everyone in the house over the weekend. A spirally glass art object from the Corning glass museum...
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