Data-Palooza

Data, Analytics, and Related Issues have been all over the news (or at least The Times, lately. Here’s some stuff you might want to check out:

~Apparently, Data Driven decision making improves productivity for companies (NY Times).

~U of C Economist Gary Thaler, co-author of Nudge (a great book for provoking thought about your teaching), argues that companies should provide consumers with the data collections they have on us (and I can’t decide if it would be cool or creepy to see all of that–maybe ignorance is a kind of bliss?–NY Times).

~Alina Tugina warns against the seduction of quantification and the illusions that numberical rankings can create (NY Times).

All three are worth reading, but don’t forget about their monthly limit, so you might want to access them through the library’s database if you aren’t a subscriber.

Statistics and Other Lies

(The title, by the way, is NOT a reference to yesterday’s presentation. It is a reference to Benjamin Disraeli, whom MathArt occasionally quotes. The statistics in question are about teacher quality and evaluation–totally different topic. Just to be clear.)

One for the Math People! Sort of.

This article about measures for teaching excellence is interesting (as far as I could follow it). Earlier this week, I skimmed through this report whose release I heard something about, but my knowledge of statistics is not deep enough to say whether I’m persuaded or not. Sadly.

Maybe our math people can tell me if I should be?