Analytics Strategist

March 28, 2007

BS in data analytics

Filed under: Datarology — Tags: , — Huayin Wang @ 5:57 pm

I am utterly disgusted of Bull Sh**ing in Business Intelligence and Data analytics world. this is not to say that I think BS appears less in other areas, just that my biology responds more to what happens in my world.

It is hard to get a collection of all the BSs I have seen, for I choose not to remember them.

One I saw this morning:

“XXX helps YYY achieve 100m in annual online sale.”
— how much help is there?

June 30, 2006

On Bullshit

Filed under: Business, Random Thoughts, reading — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 3:55 pm

I read On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt some time ago. It was a Sunday afternoon, at a Borders bookstore, and I was attracted to it by the very first sentence of it:

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bulklshit.”

The second sentence is “Everyone know this.”

The book then tours me with its interesting mix of academic and satire style prose. The apparent seriousness has an undertone of absurdism.

A few pages from the back:

“Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about. Thus the production of bullshit is stimulated whenever a person’s obligations or opportunities to speak about some topic are more excessive than his knowledge of the facts that are relevant to that topic. This discrepancy is common in public life, where people are frequently impelled — whether by their own propensities or by the demands of others — to speak extensively about matters of which they are to some degree ignorant. Closely related instances arise from the widespread conviction that it is the responsibility of a citizen in a democracy to have opinions about everything, or at least everything that pertains to the conduct of his country’s affairs. The lack of any significant connection between a person’s opinions and his apprehension of reality will be even more severe, needless to say, for someone who believes it his responsibility, as a conscientious moral agent, to evaluate events and conditions in all parts of the world.”

“The contemporary proliferation of bullshit also has deeper sources, in various forms of skepticism which deny that we can have any reliable access to an objective reality and which therefore reject the possibility of knowing how things truly are. These “anti-realist” doctrines undermine confidence in the value of disinterested efforts to determine what is true and what is false, and even in the intelligibility of the notion of objective inquiry. One response to this loss of confidence has been a retreat from the discipline required by dedication to the ideal of correctness to a quite different sort of discipline, which is imposed by pursuit of an alternative ideal of sincerity. Rather than seeking primarily to arrive at accurate representations of a common world, the individual turns toward trying to provide honest representations of himself. Convinced that reality has no inherent nature, which he might hope to identify as the truth about things, he devotes himself to being true to his own nature. It is as though he decides that since it makes no sense to try to be true to the facts, he must therefore try instead to be true to himself.”

So what’s the philosophical arguement he made in the book? Ask and you lost it.

May 20, 2006

If you say ROI one more time, I will spank you

Filed under: Business — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 11:57 am

afterall, ROI is nothing more a profitability measure.

The evil of ROI is that it is replacing Decision Sceince, it gives all the idiots an excuse for pretending to be able to make good decision without knowing what is good — well, ¬†at least in some cases.

Never mind.

May 18, 2006

sale tips

Filed under: Business, Random Thoughts — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 3:35 pm

I have never been a saleman in my whole life, even for a day.

– in random order …

* no rush in presentation
* being flashy is less important then being helpful
* no bs, particularly when intellectually challenged
* honesty is your best friend

– selling is a process of finding/gaining an advocate on the client side.

February 14, 2006

an example of bs in the marketing world today

Filed under: Business, Random Thoughts — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 5:07 pm

it make me laugh whenever I see the word, and more when I see a serious look on the face that saying it.



Filed under: Business, Uncategorized — Tags: — Huayin Wang @ 4:56 pm

On Bullshit
Jan 2005, by Harry Frankfurt

I marveled when I first read it at Borders in Oakbrook. It remained with me ever since — not so much becuase of its style and wit of the writing itself, but becuase I have been remind of the subject constantly in workplaces.

I went through some book reviews at amazon today. The point I think most people missed is that it does pointing out some reasons for why there is so much BS today, it just wasn’t focused on this. One of the reason people do BS that Frankfurt mentioned is when they are pressured and/or encouraged to say something when they actually have nothing to contribute. So why there is so much BS today?


Sound pretty clear to me.

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