Analytics Strategist

March 29, 2009

where is the “deep dive example” of attribution analytics?

Filed under: misc, Random Thoughts — Tags: , — Huayin Wang @ 2:23 pm

First of all, this is Sunday morning. I am not going  to write anything that requires siginificant works from my thinking mind — but …

I have been wondering, for the last couple of days, why the “deep dive example” piece that I promised hasn’t come out yet. The reason is just getting too complicated: lack of motivation, busy at work, shifting focus on other things … and last but not least: twitter!

To be sure, I do not mean to join the fashion of crediting / blaming twitter for everything, including the latest recession. I just want to point out a plain and simple fact, that I have been looking, reading random things from twitter or related to twitter so much that it EATS up most of my FREE time; and worse yet, I notice some subtle changes in me, a little ADD like symptom; it erodes my concentration, cuts my usual chain of thoughts into short pieces and stires up my urge to surface, to verbalize anything and everything. 

It is a little sad to see how twitter is winning over the world of advertising, PR, News and celebrites; but it is truly scary to hear story about twitter’s invasion to education

I need to ban myself from twitter for a little while and see if the damage is irreversable.

February 24, 2009

get out of group think

Filed under: Business, Random Thoughts — Tags: , — Huayin Wang @ 5:24 pm

Sometimes our over-confidence of our own expertise may prevent us from finding the right solution for a problem.  After all, we do not know what we do not know.  The recent web 2.0 movement that arms us with all the capabilities to listen, publish, and connect to our peers and people “like me” may have actually exasperated the situation.

The new challenge now is: how to get out of groupthink.  Popular opinion is not necessarily the right thing to spread around, and popular support is not a confirmation of getting something right.

Sometime it helps to step back from our narrow vision and awareness and immediate interest and local network of friends, to realize that the world is bigger than we thought and all the smart people are not in our profession and solutions to our problem may already be there in the open. 

February 20, 2009

The desire to last forever …

Filed under: Business, Random Thoughts, spirituality, Technology — Tags: , , , — Huayin Wang @ 5:29 pm

and to do things that could last forever .. the desire that used to be a synonym for ego is perhaps one of the most important, and subtle, force for why we do not see reality as it is when it is right in your face.  It is perhaps the one force that comes so natrually for us in preventing us from going with the flow of nature.

I used to see this when it comes to spiritual matters, not knowing that this is so applicable to business as well.

August 8, 2008

behavior-based character index

Filed under: misc, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized — Tags: , — Huayin Wang @ 5:53 pm

Character refers to a person’s innate quality and reflected in his/her behavior. What’s the sample size needed to get a good estimate for the character index?

Assume there are several observations available:
a) interaction with superior
b) interaction with inferior (people of lower rank in an org)
c) interaction with equal

is one obs enough, two, or you need all three?
if you can pick only one, which one?
what other behavior you think are informative?

Joy for nothing

Filed under: misc, Random Thoughts, spirituality — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 5:31 pm

what a lovely fight!
it is so laughable that it hurts.

July 29, 2008

idea sharing with thought leaders

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 5:02 pm

you’d think idea sharing with thought leaders should just be fun and …

September 14, 2007

business ecology

Filed under: business strategy, Random Thoughts — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 3:40 pm

On Aug 16 2007, Q Interactive reinvested in Didit for SEM. Both are excellent companies.

In thinking about business ecology, there are many dimensions, layers, and spaces to consider: companies in markets (both horizontal and vertical) are competing and cooperating, selling and buying, and otherwise connected in numerous ways, forming a complex and dynamic picture.

Within this metaphor, there is an “ecological divide”, a separation that often escapes our attention: good companies compete, cooperate, transact, and connect with good companies while the hopeless ones live amongst themselves.

Why is this?

In truth, it is not all that puzzling. Business are social animals just like human beings are social animals. They survive better and are happier when they are connected. The desire to connect, relate, share and transact with each other is there by nature. The order of separation comes not from lack of intention, but from the barriers that prevent the actuation of it. In this case, there is the technological barrier, the capability barrier, the communication barrier, even barrier in business cultures! All of these together contribute to a much higher transaction cost for the relationship.

It makes sense.

What about the vendor-client relationships?  Why would a vendor care if the client is competent or not in their relative marketplace? There seems to be no problem for sup-bar vendors to take on sub-par clients, rights?

My experience tells me that it is in fact very expensive to serve sub-par clients; some costs are explicit, while others are hidden/latent/opportunity costs. It would certainly take another post to full elaborate this point.  Suffice it to say that I am now very sensitive to how my clients stand in their respective markets during project/relationship evaluation.

What’s been your experience?

April 11, 2007

How to classify your mind?

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tags: , , — Huayin Wang @ 5:56 pm

The mind is so intangible that it is hard to describe a specific instance of it, not to say classifiy. Unlike body, where you can say that there are: gender, tall / short, fat / slim, pretty etc.

What about mind?

March 27, 2007

You are what you speak …

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 8:04 pm

it is utterly important of what language you use, actually: common language or programming language or …

Can you think of thing which is not in your language?

there is an interesting video related to this: commonlisp

March 22, 2007

Stupidity in theories

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 3:01 pm

There is a funny Chan story about an erudite ancient Chinese scholar/poet, Su Dongpo, of Song Dynasty:

One day, Su Dongpo went to see his friend Foyin, a Chan master at Golden Mountain Temple. Feeling so good after a total relaxing mediation, Su asked Foyin, “What do you think of my sitting posture?”, “Very magnificent. Like a Buddha!” Su Dongpo felt even better. Foyin then asked the same question to Su Dongpo, he answered, he answered, teasingly, “like a pile of bullsh**”. Foyin smiled and did not utter a single word.

Su Dongpo thought he had beaten the Chan Master Foyin because the Chan Master was wordless while being compared to a pile of bullsh**. He was so proud of himself that he told everyone he met, “Today I won.”

When his little sister heard about this, she said “Brother, you just proved you are in an inferior state of the mind! It is because Chan Master’s mind is actually that of a Buddha that he could see you as a Buddha. As your mind is like a pile of bullsh**, you, of course, saw him as a pile of bullsh**.” Su Dongpo was speechless upon hearing this.

The self-reflective nature of “That” always amaze me. It is not that if I see bad people, I am bad; but at a higher level, the content of your mind reflect upon itself and limiting itself when looked at from a higher perspective. “People can’t understand this because they are stupid” — well this could prevent you from discovering how to make your better understood by people.

During the many years working in data mining and predictive modeling business, I have heard people constantly talking about how “you have to dummy down” things, and compromise the power of your models if you want to sell it to clients or marketing or none technical people or any of those “not smart” people. It is unsettling and uncomfortable to me. If I can’t make sense of the “other minds” in my world, I can label them as “stupid”; unless the stupidity label disappears, I am likely unable to make sense of those minds.

You maybe surprised if I told you that this post is triggered by a nice blog by dave kellog, in which he was speculating how some business trends can be explained by the single reason that “people do not like to buy products with magic components”. One of those thing happens to be the never taking-off field of “data mining”.

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