A 12-Year-Old’s Take on Data and Analysis

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I asked my daughter what she thought data was last night. Her text to me at 11:45 pm:

Okay, so you asked me what data was at the motorcycle thing today and at first, I didn’t really think about that much I just said an answer if what I thought it was. I was rethinking that and the answer I have didn’t sound right now. So, I do what most people would do and that was look it up in the dictionary, what the definition was was this:

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And it was really boring. Even though it was true it sounded like the color gray or beige and we both know that those are the boring colors. So, if you now start to think of data as a color or colors, the colors I come up with are the primary colors and the three colors that those primary colors make. Data is colors at this point, and what you’re trying to achieve is a painting. For an example, if you asked 5 different people in 5 different stages of their life what their favorite cereal was, the answers those people would give you are the pastels or paints that they have given you and you are the artist at this point. You have to create the painting. Now, I would infer that the people in the later stages of their life they might say the boring cereals made of cardboard and unhappiness, while people in early stages of their life would most likely say one of the sugary cereals. The picture you would make would say to the people looking at it that old people are boring and kids have better breakfast cereals. This may have been a reasonable explanation or it might’ve been crap but what the fluff. It’s almost 11:45 so don’t blame me. P.S. Tell the people to get a tumblr 🙂

I get it now!

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