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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Dec 15, 2015.
I've heard some research folks express similar sentiments. Not all that strange.
I don't think it's weird. Might be a bit exuberant for my tastes in a job interview, but if she could make you believe it in the interview, sounds like you got the right person for the job. ;-)
Data data nom nom nom...
I love data. What I hate is when I'm asked to analyze, or respond to bad data. Sorry, but if you're not going to tell me how the data was collected, or you expect me to ignore variables that had an effect on the outcome I'm looking at, then I don't want to talk about data.
Unfortunately, at my job, I get way too much of the bad data.
Maybe more insightful than just an odd comment. We are at the beginning of the Information age or more correctly the digital information age so why not? Big Data, the Cloud, The Internet of Things, all rapidly changing our lives. If you have a smart phone, you love data.
I don't think "I love data" is weird at all. There's a whole subculture out there which thinks that all the data that we collect these days will lead to some utopian future. I could definitely see someone like that professing their love of data in an interview. Check out the Data is Beautiful page on Reddit, it's full of that kind of stuff.
I love data too. All too often I have to put together a project estimate based on too little information, or such and such assumption, or similar previous projects. I can dump a little more into "contingency," but I'd really rather have the data and write a more accurate proposal.
New names. ...informatics
OK. But what about the person I interviewed Monday, the one who didn't get the job?
That's a pretty good name, but doesn't really say "country band" to me.
I also heard someone say that once, and I was shocked. And it wasn't just me. When he went on his way, the other DB expert standing with me said "Nice guy, smart guy, but he's a bit of a weirdo".
I knew a guy who claimed his hobby was "data compression".
There's data and then there's "ZIPiddy-do-dah" - Apologies to Townes
I love data, too. But then, I'm a database administrator. For her to say it is perfectly normal.
We struggle with this as well. We are often asked to do Gauge R&R, but the data sucks.
Garbage in, Garbage out
That begs a question: does your profession leak into your hobbies in any way? I sometimes try to write a game app over christmas when I have time. I've done Sudoku and Othello, but I usually don't stick with it.
In the 90's I worked as a painter for the City of Oakland, then was asked to help on a special project doing an inventory of all city-owned/operated facilities to identify and quantify maintenance items therein, and to develop a schedule for maintenance.
We collected a massive amount of data; data-input temps input the data into a useless database that was designed by a city employee who had no clue about what we were doing.
I taught myself how to use MS Access so that we could put the data into a place where it would be useful. It was challenging and fascinating to learn how data - properly collected and stored - can be broken down and reassembled to serve so many purposes.
At that time, I truly was infatuated with data. I can understand her statement, and find it to be quite a good thing for someone who will be required to interpret data for others.
great line! is it yours? can I quote you?
My son might say he loves math. My son-in-law might say he loves data.
I love technology, but not as much as you, you see. Always and forever...