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Welcome to the Austraffic series "Heroes of Data" ...

Perhaps this seems inevitable when his observations seem supernatural, but he knew that his brilliant explanations had to be based on data; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the writer of Sherlock Holmes, ensured that Holmes knew that to start making conclusions before you had the data would be a monumental blunder.

Confucius is a hero of data because he sought the principles and values to ensure we started asking the right questions; so that we could choose the right things to measure.

Florence Nightingale not only collected data but applied statistical methods to help understand its true meaning and developed ways to present it in a graphical form that highlighted its meaning.

The use of BS in the title represents their desperate concern about the way data is being collected and used, supposedly to reach effective solutions but, too often, to represent confirmational bias.

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