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Here is the question:
“Conventional wisdom” are statements people generally accept as true but are never really tested. One example is the belief that a company should avoid hiring people with criminal records. These can be supported or disproven through data – i.e., Evolv’s discovery that people with criminal records are up to 1.5% more productive than the average worker.
Give an example of a piece of conventional wisdom you’ve heard and explain what data you would collect to test it.
Here is the exercise
Some quick instructions:
- You must complete the quiz by the start of class.
- When you click on the link, you may see a Google sign in screen. Use your AccessNet ID and password to sign in. It will then take you to the quiz.
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- You can only do the quiz once. If you submit multiple times, I’ll only use the first (oldest) one.
- This is “open book” – you can use the articles to answer the questions – but do not get help from anyone else.
- The quizzes are on all of the readings for the coming week (both Tuesday and Thursday)
Ready? Take the quiz by clicking this link.
Here is the exercise
We are all drowning in data, and so is your future employer. Data pours in from sources as diverse as social media, customer loyalty programs, weather stations, smartphones, and credit card purchases. How can you make sense of it all? Those that can turn raw data into insight will be tomorrow’s decision-makers; those that can solve problems and communicate using data will be tomorrow’s leaders. This course will teach you how to harness the power of data by mastering the ways it is stored, organized, and analyzed to enable better decisions. You will get hands-on experience by solving problems using a variety of powerful, computer-based data tools virtually every organization uses. You will also learn to make more impactful and persuasive presentations by learning the key principles of presenting data visually.