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8 October 2010

An Analytical Odyssey

Filed under: Fun — kevinmacdonell @ 11:44 am

Something fun for Friday! Robert Scott, Executive Director of Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, delivered the opening address for the APRA International Symposium on Data Analytics in Anaheim this past summer. He called it An Analytics Odyssey, and it made all kinds of references to Homer and The Odyssey, with the general theme being how far analytics has come, and where he sees it potentially going — like Odysseus on his eventful, ten-year journey from Troy home to Ithaca, where the faithful Penelope has in the meantime gained a tenured position at Cornell. (OK, I’m making that last part up.)

It was a wide-ranging talk, with some amusing asides thrown in, including this slide with some imagined highlights of the long, strange trip taken by the analytical Odysseus. (Click for full size.) I asked Robert if I could post it here, and he graciously sent it along.

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