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Herodotus Event Data Object - Glimpse Inside

I dropped out of university as a literature major in the 1980s.  (I needed time to find myself.)  Before I left, I read The Histories by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.  I decided to name my new data object the Herodotus Event Data Object or HEDO.  A number of HEDOs can be stitched together to form codified narrative.  Those who follow my blogs might recall that I previously developed a system of codified narrative called BERLIN.  HEDOs represent my reinvention of BERLIN.  I…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on June 19, 2020 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Technical Periods of COVID-19 Fatality Data and the Relevance of Asymptotic Baselines

While I was laid off due to the new Coronavirus, I created a computer application called Little Blue Pearl (LBP) - named after our planet. Although I was recalled about 1.5 weeks later, I find myself continuing to follow the fatality numbers for different countries. I guess it is a bit like bird watching in a certain sense. It is not that I am…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on April 14, 2020 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Little Blue Pearl

Little Blue Pearl - named after our planet - has kept me occupied for several days during my 14-day Coronavirus isolation. It is fully functional although I suppose it needs a makeover in terms of its appearance. Like a child after summer break, this is going to be my show-and-tell. LBP is designed to…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on April 1, 2020 at 11:46am — No Comments

Quantitative Reductionism and the Pandemic of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused organizations to find different ways to maintain their operations amid calls for increased social distance. In some cases, employees have been asked to work from home in order to reduce the amount of social interaction in the workplace. Due to this emerging distance between these workers and their employers, I suggest that quantitative reduction will become more likely: for these employees, performance will be increasingly unrelated to their social presence…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on March 22, 2020 at 4:57am — No Comments

Event Conceptualization & Distribution Modelling

In a recent blog, I described the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as an ontological reference.  I explained how this type of resource can be used for the codification of distributable events in order to build up a database.  In an organization, although the context surrounding the idea of a “disorder” is different;…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on December 26, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments

Event Distribution as a Subject of Ontological Recognition Criteria

The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” produced by the American Psychiatric Association is an interesting document from a conceptual standpoint.  In order to count the number of individuals with a particular disorder and to make the numbers comparable regardless of source, there has to be clear criteria guiding the ontology.  This document therefore serves an important ontological purpose. By the way, given that some dictionaries don’t…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on December 8, 2019 at 6:18am — No Comments

Tai Chi of Civilization

It is not unusual for a person to encounter hurdles or barriers in social processes - for example, to obtain financial support to do a post-secondary program.  I drink decaffeinated coffee. Sometimes when I order coffee, perhaps due to lack of product demand I will receive a cup of coffee that is barely above room temperature.  This situation likewise extends from some kind of social process - e.g. to get the order out although it is not quite what I ordered.…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on September 8, 2019 at 6:38am — No Comments

Social-Organizational-Institutional Versus Market Devaluation

In Ontario, there has been a push for education to become more “monetizeable.”  The education that people receive should better reflect the needs of the market.  This is actually a challenging proposition - even if people are entirely in agreement - given the elusive nature of the market.  I am a big market proponent myself.  This has led me to question where or not my undergraduate degree has any commercial value at all.  I have a degree in environmental studies.  My thesis was on the…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on August 4, 2019 at 6:18am — No Comments

Constructing Role Objects and Interpreting Role Conflicts Through the Lens of Stress

In my previous post, I discussed the relationship between role conflict and performance.  I suggested that all things being equal, role conflict might be the primary determinant of employee performance.  Companies direct all sorts of resources gathering data for recruitment purposes.  All things being about the same, much of that data collection is irrelevant. …


Added by Don Philip Faithful on July 7, 2019 at 6:11am — No Comments

Role Conflicts and Deviant Behaviours

It has been suggested the role conflicts can lead to poorer performance in the workplace.  Below I present the general dynamics: more role conflicts equate to less performance.

Performance can be expressed empirically - as in the case above using a formal scoring scheme.  On the other hand, a qualitative approach can be used:…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on July 1, 2019 at 6:50am — No Comments

Deconstructing the Concept of Efficiency

The concept of efficiency is not always easy to grasp.  People go to work.  They do their job.  They follow the pace.  What exactly is efficiency in the scheme of things?  I think it is important to be able to distinguish between how hard different workers are working.  It is not really possible to discuss efficiency if this kind of comparison is not performed.  Improving efficiency is about getting more from a person or process.  Therefore in order to determine whether or not efficiencies…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on May 4, 2019 at 6:58am — No Comments

Design Obstacles that Contribute to Job Security

I often encounter blogs highlighting the amount of effort needed to obtain high-quality data for analysis.  Many aspects of this effort seem reasonable to me: there might be cut-and-pasting, merging, parsing, restructuring, extractions, conversions, concatenations, and conditionals.  There might even be coding embedded in the file containing loops, more sophisticated conditionals, and detailed algorithmic processes.  All of these are relatively minor challenges that can be overcome…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on April 13, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Using a Schema to Construct a Metrics Regime

A schema is a conceptual framework.  It can function as a lens through which to study data.  When I was conducting research on workplace stress to do my graduate degree, I did so through the critical lens of social disablement.  I applied a hierarchical schema to study stress constructed from prominent themes in social disablement.  I associated stress with the loss of personal autonomy in the workplace.  There was little doubt in my mind that I had chosen a highly “academic” focus for…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on March 2, 2019 at 7:28am — No Comments

Redefining the Role of Data

It wasn’t too long ago when somebody said to me, “You do reports when you get to doing them.”  To me, this position is most defensible if the reports are for bookkeeping purposes.  I pointed out one day that my reports are for management purposes; and for this reason timeliness is important.  For instance, when one is driving a car, and it is necessary to turn at the next right, turning at the next right five lights later is fairly relevant.  Timing counts.  The “active” process of driving…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on February 16, 2019 at 11:33am — No Comments

Forward and Reverse Containment Logic – Introduction to Relational Data Logistics

The question of how to structure or arrange data in order to gain worthwhile insights is quite different from the issue of what data to include or how it should be analyzed.  I often find myself preoccupied with structure and organization.  In part, this is because of my belief that unique logistics can lead to different types of insights.  Popular these days to the point of gaining industry dominance is holding data as large tables.  If we peer into the code for the application…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on December 30, 2018 at 6:49am — No Comments

Constructive Surveillance and Social Intervention

I share the concerns that many people have on the use of surveillance – particularly in this period of data monetization and commodification.  I am not troubled by surveillance itself but rather problems relating to the responsible and constructive use of data.  There are reality television shows where the placement of cameras is intended to capture personal and private moments.  Society is quick to pick up on these senseless episodes; yet it seems to tune out and turn away from the…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on December 22, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Social Teratogenesis and Ergatigenesis

I picked up the term “teratogenesis” from an environmental toxicology course that I took in the early 90s.  The professor explained the origins of the term to the class:  the making of monsters.  Assuming the etymology is Greek, I created the partner term “ergatigenesis” – meaning the making of labourers.  By labourer, I mean the “everyday worker” or as some might say the “proletariat” or member of the working class.  Even here the meaning isn’t quite right.  I mean the domesticated,…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on November 10, 2018 at 10:11am — No Comments

Challenge of Confirming Program Efficacy

Something that has always troubled me with statistics is the pretense of certainty.  The conclusions – being closely associated with calculations – tend to be reached rapidly.  I might only be starting to give a problem some thought – although a statistician has already drawn conclusions.  Over time, this can make a person feel insecure about his intellectual capacity – and perhaps cause him to write a blog on the subject.  Consider the simulated data below:  a special program was…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on October 28, 2018 at 8:05am — No Comments

Social Complacency Model of Personal Privacy – The Faulty Discourse

Something I learned during my graduate studies is that jails – like the old Don Jail as it once existed in Toronto (photographed by me above) – has special significance among those that study the history of people with disabilities.  For one thing, there are many people with disabilities in jail – sometimes placed there because…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on October 14, 2018 at 9:03am — No Comments

Pattern Recognition Objects and the Internal Conception of Meaning

A candlestick chart is sometimes used by stock market technicians to make trading decisions.  Each candlestick graphically depicts the following prices simultaneously:  opening, closing, high, and the low.  An interesting question is whether candlesticks can be used for pattern recognition purposes.  Traders directly interpret the charts - applying a type of pattern recognition that might involve industry norms and personal judgment.  But I mean using a systematic or algorithmic…


Added by Don Philip Faithful on October 8, 2018 at 5:46am — No Comments

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