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Which to trust: the algorithm or intuition?

25th Dec `13, 11:16 PM in Analytics

The McAfee piece to which he is referring is a Harvard Business Review piece entitled: Big Data’s Biggest…

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The McAfee piece to which he is referring is a Harvard Business Review piece entitled: Big Data’s Biggest Challenge? Convincing People NOT to Trust Their Judgment.

Patel’s post and the ensuing debate has brought my background in accounting into fresh focus while allowing me the opportunity to dig into some fascinating academic research.

I’ve been data driven without appreciating it in a fully conscious fashion pretty much all my professional life. Training as an accountant does that to you. I learned early on that numbers hold magic but few people get that. Math geeks do, some stat geeks do. Most others find the topic too hard. Instead and to this day, most view the accountant in a pejorative sense as ‘the bean counter.’

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