Category Data philosophy

The world isn’t flat: and neither is your data

After you’ve worked with data for a while, there is a temptation to think about it purely in terms of the conventional way in which it is stored: rows and columns. That is, after all, how it appears on screen whenever you run a simple query; it’s very often how data is displayed in a report, […]

Trial of Socrates

Undermining intuition

An interesting piece in today’s Telegraph from Tom Chivers highlights the disconnect between popular perception and harsh statistical reality. UK crime rates are demonstrably going down, but the majority of people in the UK believe crime to be on the rise. The UK’s foreign aid budget is a small fraction of overall expenditure on pensions and education, […]