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June 6, 2012

The professed love of data science

Filed under: Business — Tags: , — Huayin Wang @ 8:01 pm

It seems everyone fall in love with Big Data, Data Science and Data Scientists lately;  not a lot good stories outside the few poster-child start-ups.  It reminds me of an ancient Chinese story and a well known idiom:  Professed Love of What One Really Fears

In the spring and autumn period (770-476bc), there lived in Chu a person named Ye Zhuliang, who addressed himself as “lord Ye”.

It’s said that this lord ye was very fond of dragons – the walls had dragons painted on them, the beams, pillars, doors and the windows were all carved with them. As a result, his love for dragons was spread out.

When the real dragon in heaven heard of lord Ye, he was deeply moved. He decided to visit lord Ye to thank him. You might think lord Ye was very happy to see a real dragon. but, actually, at very the sight of the creature, he was scared out of his wits and ran away as fast as he could. From then on, people knew that lord Ye only loved pictures or carvings which look like dragons, not the real thing.

1 Comment »

  1. I do not think I made a perfect analogy here – however, the main point remain true: professed love of something without the real knowledge of it is a dangerous thing. I bet there is no shortage of “Load Ye” today for data science; like a dragon, it is good looking but not easily understood.

    Comment by Huayin Wang — June 7, 2012 @ 5:20 am

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