Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Singular of Data is Anecdote

Thoughtworks pointed me at this enjoyable article by Amy Perfors  refuting a common saying, "The singular of data is not anecdote."  In places, it reads like I imagine Temperance Brennan would read if she weren't a fake forensic scientist based on a real person.

"A better truism would therefore be more like "the plural of anecdote is probably not data", which of course isn't nearly as catchy."

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