Data Analysis

Mere Mortals and Mortality Data

Many, many moons ago when I was a dating girl, I discovered that there were basically two categories of bad dates. There was the date that I hoped might lead to something more, but that ended with “I’m not ready … Continue reading

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Labels, Titles and Endorphins, Oh My!

I have been an avowed hater of running since forever. Not wanting to run is just about the only thing in my entire life that I have ever been certain of. That is, until a couple of months ago, when … Continue reading

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Banana Boxes and Box Plots

Every summer we vacation on Bustins Island in Casco Bay, Maine. Although it’s a heavenly place, getting there can be a bit of a challenge: it is, most assuredly, a labor of love. This is because you can get to … Continue reading

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Politely Provocative

I have been accused on more than one occasion of having the attention span of a gnat. I don’t think this is true. Rather, based on evidence demonstrating that people pay sustained attention for only about ten minutes, tops, I … Continue reading

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Pareto’s Perceptive Percentages

My daughter, Annie, just returned from a fabulous holiday in Sicily (a college graduation gift from her most generous aunt and uncle). She had a lovely time soaking up sun on the beach, eating delicious Italian food, and drinking Grappa … Continue reading

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“So What?”

Quick: imagine that you’re a nurse on a psychiatric inpatient unit asked to fill in an incident report. What do the following choices about who was injured contribute to understanding your injury rate and nurse staffing levels? RN LPN|LVN Unlicensed … Continue reading

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Busted by “Big Data”

A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times published a really terrific article about how companies like Target use “Big Data” to identify what its customers are likely to want to buy, so the company can customize its marketing … Continue reading

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Channel Your Inner “Sprout”

My career in healthcare started when I was hired straight out of college as the finance manager of a community hospital. My co-workers called me “Sprout,” as in “she’s as young and green as a new sprout.” They were SO … Continue reading

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Transformers and Value Based Purchasing

Last Friday I went to my nephew Aidan’s fifth birthday celebration bearing my most favorite gift — a book (socks and underwear are my second favorite, but I save those for national holidays). But of course, his parents had to … Continue reading

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Is My Dog Stoned?

I think my dog Juno got stoned at the park — again. On at least two previous occasions and again just the other day, Juno started to stagger around, and for added effect fall down after chewing a considerable number … Continue reading

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