In my memory Nate Silver has been in the news quite often since the 2008 election. I first learned about him due to his FiveThirtyEight.com Blog and accurate forecasts of the election. As an Analyst who frequently works with forecasting and ironing out prediction model, this book was right up my alley. Being as he is a highly respected Statistician, I wanted to get his take on analysis and perhaps how I could utilize his insight in my own work.
The futuristic stories I tend to enjoy reading and watching are dystopian in nature. Whether it is a story about an authoritarian society or the rise of the machines, neither tends to be depicted pleasantly. In “The Inevitable”, a free flowing set of predictions are given about a future in which the machines do rise, but it is not gloomy.
As a “Data Enthusiast” I have been excited about the growth of data availability and utilization for years. In my opinion, the democratization of data accessibility is just in its early stages. Visualizations that bring data to life are making it so actions can be taken with a quantified approach. This revolution with the utilization of data for all business has just begun, which will improve the quality of life.
Some people find the sheer amount of data now available terrifying or boring to look at. What others find mundane or scary about it, I find exciting. Aggregating a large set of data and making sense of it in a clean and colorful graph brings me joy! This book, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking), brings in the human side by aggregating the results of human interest, as it relates primarily to the world of dating.