Standardizing Classifications

By David Loshin In the most recent post, we posed a straightforward problem: if we have a reporting or analytical objective that depends on using a dimension for classification, what happens when two different value domains are presumed to map to the same conceptual domain? More concretely, the example we used was mapping individuals to their car purchase preferences, but…

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Distributed Data and Distributed Information

By David Loshin You might not realize how broad your electronic footprint really is. Do you have any idea how many data sets contain information about and specific individual? These days, any interaction you have with any organization is likely to be documented electronically. And, for those curious enough to read the fine print of the "privacy" policies, you might…

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