Over the last year, I’ve met a number of autodidacts in the big data space. They take some big data database, grab some statistical method they poorly understand and create chaos.
The problem is that an army of systems engineers have made it possible for people who don’t understand statistical methods or machine learning to use tools they are woefully unqualified to use.
My wife called me up yesterday to tell me this joke about physicists and mathematicians.
Thing is I had heard this joke many, many, many years ago that I found amusing but not super funny. And yet when she told me to think about all of those big data projects, I died laughing. When she got to the punch line, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe.