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Craig Reinsch liked Don Philip Faithful's blog post Being an Ontologist
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Influencing Behaviour Using Persuasive Data

I came across the story of a manager who felt that the best way to encourage desirable behaviours was through reward and humiliation.  This encouragement occurred indirectly through what I would describe as “persuasive data”:  a table of data went out each week showing the best and worst performing employees.  Everyone in the team could see the stats plainly along with the names of coworkers.  They were encouraged to make comparisons.  This represents an aggressive use of data.  From my…See More
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Influencing Behaviour Using Persuasive Data

I came across the story of a manager who felt that the best way to encourage desirable behaviours was through reward and humiliation.  This encouragement occurred indirectly through what I would describe as “persuasive data”:  a table of data went out each week showing the best and worst performing employees.  Everyone in the team could see the stats plainly along with the names of coworkers.  They were encouraged to make comparisons.  This represents an aggressive use of data.  From my…See More
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Don Philip Faithful's blog post was featured

Being an Ontologist

I am sometimes asked whether I am working on the stats, whether I am making progress on the stats, and what I do with all of the stats.  People are also prone to hyperbole.  I am told that I sure work on a lot of stats, I am always keeping myself busy doing stats, and I am the person to go to for stats.  I suppose my real job is more mysterious than the one others imagine that I do.  I first want to explain that for everyday people, the term “stats” or “statistics” often means historical data…See More
Mar 13
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Being an Ontologist

I am sometimes asked whether I am working on the stats, whether I am making progress on the stats, and what I do with all of the stats.  People are also prone to hyperbole.  I am told that I sure work on a lot of stats, I am always keeping myself busy doing stats, and I am the person to go to for stats.  I suppose my real job is more mysterious than the one others imagine that I do.  I first want to explain that for everyday people, the term “stats” or “statistics” often means historical data…See More
Mar 13
Don Philip Faithful's blog post was featured

Ecology of Truth

It’s possible I haven’t shared my story of being asked whether people can leap over lampposts.  The question was posed by a university professor although I don’t recall the exact context.  In response, I asked if the people are on this planet.  He hissed at me, “Of course they are on this planet!”  Some planets have low gravitational fields that make it possible for humans to leap great heights.  At the time it didn’t seem like an oratorical question; and so I made an effort to answer it.  The…See More
Mar 5
Don Philip Faithful posted a blog post

Dealing with Unstructured Input

It isn’t too unusual for surveys to contain open-ended questions:  respondents would be free to enter their comments in any manner.  More on an operational basis, not surveys but rather client systems might hold such comments; and not the respondents themselves but customer service agents would be responsible for entering the information.  These same agents would likely classify the nature of the exchange or comments maybe using drop-down menu choices, radials, and check-boxes.  One approach to…See More
Feb 25
Don Philip Faithful liked Jishnu Bhattacharya's blog post Timestamp Data Visualization by Matplotlib
Feb 23
James Theobald liked Don Philip Faithful's blog post Internal Capacity, External Demand, and the Metrics of Consumption
Feb 21
Don Philip Faithful liked Vincent Granville's blog post Twilight Zone Between True and False
Feb 20
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Internal Capacity, External Demand, and the Metrics of Consumption

In my blogs, I often distinguish between event data and metrics.  I usually say something to the effect that events help to explain the metrics - or events “provide the story behind the metrics.”  In this blog, I will be discussing two competing lines of thought behind events:  internal capacity and external demand.  Why do sales appear much lower for the month of June compared to July?  Some explanations relating to internal capacity are as follows:  “There weren’t enough agents in June to…See More
Feb 18
Antonio Marcos Moraes Ribeiro liked Don Philip Faithful's blog post Java Coding Samples for Online Data-mining
Feb 17
James Theobald liked Don Philip Faithful's blog post Reductive Versus Expansive Data
Feb 13
James Theobald liked Don Philip Faithful's blog post Externalizing to Structural Capital
Feb 13
Dragos Bandur commented on Don Philip Faithful's blog post The Weak Karate of Six Sigma
"Interesting approach, but probably my education in systems theory prevents me from seeing right away its benefits. As a six sigma practitioner I cannot help to observe that - in DMAIC as well as in DFSS - "D" stands for…"
Feb 13
Nate Bush liked Don Philip Faithful's blog post Externalizing to Structural Capital
Feb 12

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Master of Arts in Critical Disability Studies
Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and Resource Studies
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ACS Canada
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Don Philip Faithful's Blog

Influencing Behaviour Using Persuasive Data

Posted on March 18, 2017 at 5:51am 0 Comments

I came across the story of a manager who felt that the best way to encourage desirable behaviours was through reward and humiliation.  This encouragement occurred indirectly through what I would describe as “persuasive data”:  a table of data went out each week showing the best and worst performing employees.  Everyone in the team could see the stats plainly along with the names of coworkers.  They were encouraged to make comparisons.  This represents an aggressive use of data.  From my…

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Being an Ontologist

Posted on March 11, 2017 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I am sometimes asked whether I am working on the stats, whether I am making progress on the stats, and what I do with all of the stats.  People are also prone to hyperbole.  I am told that I sure work on a lot of stats, I am always keeping myself busy doing stats, and I am the person to go to for stats.  I suppose my real job is more mysterious than the one others imagine that I do.  I first want to explain that for everyday people, the term “stats” or “statistics” often means historical…

Continue

Ecology of Truth

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 8:54am 0 Comments

It’s possible I haven’t shared my story of being asked whether people can leap over lampposts.  The question was posed by a university professor although I don’t recall the exact context.  In response, I asked if the people are on this planet.  He hissed at me, “Of course they are on this planet!”  Some planets have low gravitational fields that make it possible for humans to leap great heights.  At the time it didn’t seem like an oratorical question; and so I made an effort to answer it. …

Continue

Dealing with Unstructured Input

Posted on February 25, 2017 at 10:47am 0 Comments

It isn’t too unusual for surveys to contain open-ended questions:  respondents would be free to enter their comments in any manner.  More on an operational basis, not surveys but rather client systems might hold such comments; and not the respondents themselves but customer service agents would be responsible for entering the information.  These same agents would likely classify the nature of the exchange or comments maybe using drop-down menu choices, radials, and check-boxes.  One approach…

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