Data is King

And evidently I’m the king of data, at least where I work. Running so many reports has given me a new respect for statisticians and serious analysts as there’s just so much to think about if you want good data for anything more than the most basic report. Do you include X or Y or exclude them? If you run the numbers without them, is it truly representative of the reality you”re trying to report on. Which changes in data are significant and which are just the noise of normal variations? When should I take immediate action based on what I see and when should I sit back and watch for awhile? These are all important considerations and require a fair amount of cognitive energy. Report writing can be both a fascinating and exhausting process. Time for another cup of coffee so I can get back to it!