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Noise Versus Signal

Posted on: September 20, 2013

The greatest dilemma in data analysis is determining what is noise and what is your signal. What is information and what is data. What is beneficial and what is waste. It rarely jumps at you and the only way to find the diamond in a rough is to have a tested sorting system. Then comes the bias and the personal experiences and the emotions all that interferes with the separation process.

One wise data analyst gave me some words of wisdom.

“Question the question and reject the answer”

May be too skeptical but the true sense of continuous improvement is to question the status quo. In true sense we never really know what is good and beneficial and what is detrimental. I’m just thinking, before our great great grandfathers and ancestors new what was nutritious food and what was poisonous, many many people died as a result. It’s the cost of a lesson. As you grow, you start developing certain elimination practices that quickly size up a situation and eliminates waste. That is growth and it only comes from exposure and training….not time. As more and more content is being pumped out majority of it is noise. Train yourself to determine what is the signal hidden within the noise!

Even your immunity needs to be trained determine what is a foreign attack and what is foreign benefit otherwise every time we eat, our immune system would attack the food. That’s why we have vaccines!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Lee Kariuki


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