Comment: Amy (Dec 1, 2010)
Nate Silver is awesome. I'd be interested in his perspective on which statistics in the digital domain (Web and otherwise) are most useful, and on how--or if--he thinks they're misapplied.
Comment: epc (Dec 2, 2010)
Statistics & analytics typically only give us feedback about those things we are measuring…how do you avoid tunnel vision on solely those things which are measured, how can we use statistics & analytics to tell us what we are not measuring?
Comment: Julie (Dec 2, 2010)
When you're looking at relationships between behavior over time and results, what kinds of things tip you off to a red herring--to suspecting that there are confounding behaviors or other problems with the connections being made?
Comment: Abi Jones (Dec 2, 2010)
It seems that since IA is about organizing things for easier use and better understanding, that it fits right in with what Nate does. He takes numbers and makes them make sense because he doesn't just accept the numbers, he asks more questions and digs deeper to get at the real story. And that's what a good IA should be doing too, digging deeper.
I think it would be a mistake to try and shoehorn him into the field of IA. Let's learn about something other than ourselves, and then stretch our own brains to apply it to our work.
Comment: Eric Scheid (Dec 2, 2010)
I prefer to say that IA is about organizing _information_ for easier use and better understanding ... as distinct from organizing "things". The distinction is a fine one, but important.
I'm please to see Nate selected for keynote, as this represents a swing back to considering the content of the information objects we work with, and not simply treating them as opaque objects to be arranged, like things on a shelf.
Lou, ask him about his views on Data Journalism and Linked Data, and whether there's a role to be played by IAs (in addition to the journalists and the programmers).
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