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Qualitative Data Quotes


"No great marketing decisions have ever been made on qualitative data" - John Sculley

"Soft data, hard conflicts." - Gerhard Kocher

"Data is not intelligence." - William Binney

"Data helps solve problems." - Anne Wojcicki

"Merely quantitative differences, beyond a certain point, pass into qualitative changes." - Karl Marx

"Materialism ends up denying the existence of any irreducible subjective qualitative states of sentience or awareness." - John Searle

"You need to marry the qualitative with the quantitative. It better informs us so we can decide what to do. We can't be afraid of data and analysis. We have to use that lens." - Nathan Shedroff

"You may have heard the world is made up of atoms and molecules, but it's really made up of stories. When you sit with an individual that's been here, you can give quantitative data a qualitative overlay." - William Turner

"Theory without data is myth: data without theory is madness." - Phil Zuckerman

"Data, data everywhere, but not a thought to think." - John Allen Paulos

"Size doesn't matter, fast data is better than big data" - Hilary Mason

"Data!data!data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"More data beats clever algorithms, but better data beats more data." - Peter Norvig

"There's a lot of power in executing data - generating data and executing data." - Ken Thompson

"TIA was being used by real users, working on real data - foreign data. Data where privacy is not an issue." - John Poindexter

"Who has the data has the power." - Tim O'Reilly

"Demagoguery beats data in making public policy." - Dick Armey

"Data is great, but strategy is better" - Steven Sinofsky

"Data really powers everything that we do." - Jeff Weiner

"What we have is a data glut." - Vernor Vinge

"Data that is loved tends to survive." - Kurt Bollacker

"Data is the next Intel Inside." - Tim O'Reilly

"Data is your eyes, not your brain." - Colleen Jones

"Above all else show the data." - Edward Tufte

"More data is not always the answer." - Alan Hirsch

"You cannot write well without data." - George V Higgins

"Data can actually make us more human." - Aaron Koblin

"The plural of anecdotes is not data" - Ben Goldacre

"Data without generalization is just gossip." - Robert M Pirsig

"Hate is love without enough data." - Richard Bach

"Don't censor incoming data through denial." - Deepak Chopra

"Big data is great when you want to verify and quantify small data - as big data is all about seeking a correlation - small data about seeking the causation." - Martin Lindstrom

"You and I are streaming data engines." - Jeff Hawkins

"Experts often possess more data than judgment." - Colin Powell

"Language fails not because thought fails, but because no verbal symbols can do justice to the fullness and richness of thought. Ifwe are to continue talking about "data" in any other sense than as reflective distinctions, the original datum is always such a qualitative whole." - John Dewey

"If I have a system it is limited to a recognition of what Kierkegaard called 'the infinite qualitative distinction' between time and eternity" - Karl Barth

"Such highly qualitative leadership is demanded especially in the realm of the fostering of right international relations. Here the demand is simply irresistible." - John Mott

"A painstaking course in qualitative and quantitative analysis by John Wing gave me an appreciation of the need for, and beauty of, accurate measurement." - Paul D Boyer

"I am definitively qualitative about work." - Rashida Jones

"scientists ... resist ... making more of the data than the data make of themselves." - Natalie Angier

"Nobody should try to use data unless he has collected data." - W Edwards Deming

"Our problems are not with the data, itself, but arise from our interpretation of the data." - Bruce H. Lipton

"Simple models and a lot of data trump more elaborate models based on less data." - Peter Norvig

"I love that the world is data intensive ... unfortunately, it's called 'Big Data.'" - Werner Vogels

"If the data do not prove that indexing wins, well, the data are wrong." - John C. Bogle

"There is so much data available to us, but most data won't help us succeed." - Thomas Carlyle

"Welcome to the information age. Data, data, everywhere, but no one knows a thing." - Roger Kimball

"Data is the new science. Big Data holds the answers. Are you asking the right questions?" - Patrick P. Gelsinger

"While hard data may inform the intellect, it is largely soft data that generates wisdom." - Henry Mintzberg

"Data is the new oil? No: Data is the new soil." - David Mccandless

"Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all." - Charles Babbage

"Search engines generally treat personal names as search terms like any others: Data is data." - Jonathan Zittrain

"Companies are getting bitten by hiring a data scientist who isn't really a data scientist." - Anthony Goldbloom

"I wanted to separate data from programs, because data and instructions are very different." - Ken Thompson

"You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data." - Daniel Keys Moran

"A data scientist is that unique blend of skills that can both unlock the insights of data and tell a fantastic story via the data." - DJ Patil

"Data scientist is just a sexed up word for statistician." - Nate Silver

"Realize that agendas drive data, not the other way round" - Joel Salatin

"Data quality is corporate America's dirty little secret." - Paul Gillin

"Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist" - George V

"Big data isn't about bits, it's about talent." - Douglas Merrill

"All data are filtered, observation is necessarily 'theory-laden'." - Norwood Russell Hanson

"Context is to data what water is to a dolphin" - Dan Simmons

"... no compelling data to support its anachronistic social Darwinism." - Stephen Jay Gould

"We dont have better algorithms, we just have more data" - Peter Norvig

"We are surrounded by data, but starved for insights." - Jay Baer

"If you torture the data long enough, it will confess." - Ronald Coase

"I hate when people ask me to: "Massage the data"." - Ronald Coase

"Data are becoming the new raw material of business." - Craig Mundie

"A data structure is just a stupid programming language." - Bill Gosper

"Data isn't information; information isn't knowledge; knowledge isn't wisdom." - Ian Lowe

"Data coming out our ears but we lack narrative." - Roy Sekoff

"How dangerous it is to reason from insufficient data." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"The past is just data. I only see the future." - Ayrton Senna

"On data: We are the drivers, not the driven." - Andy Hargreaves

"Big data is' about bits, it's about talent." - Douglas Merrill

"Data is not useful until it becomes information." - Seth Godin

"If at first you don't succeed, that's one data point." - Randall Munroe

"The future of marketing isn't big data, it's big understanding." - Jay Baer

"Data about an innovative idea is rarely crystal clear." - Scott D. Anthony

"There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer." - Isaac Asimov

"Data are just as often molded to fit preferred conclusions." - Roger Lewin

"In God we trust; all others bring data." - W Edwards Deming

"Data don't generate theory - only researchers do that." - Henry Mintzberg

"Digital data are more fragile than printed material." - Robert Darnton

"Ultimately, thinking is a very inefficient method of processing data." - Frederick Lenz

"If you want data to survive, carve it in rock." - Jack Mcdevitt

"The data stream has been corrupted, return to first principles." - Terence Mckenna

"Theories come and go, but fundamental data always remains." - Mary Leakey

"In computer circles, any unencrypted data is known as 'cleartext.'" - Barton Gellman

"I am completely opposed to the concept of big data." - Chris Toumazou

"I collect a lot of data. We all do." - Peter Diamandis

"There is the finest line between data and evidence." - Randall Dale Adams

"No observational problem will not be solved by more data." - Vera Rubin

"People are saying, 'Big Data is the new oil.'" - Gary Wolf

"If you don't come home with data, you've done nothing." - William Stone

"Maybe stories are just data with a soul." - Brene Brown

"With insufficient data it is easy to go wrong." - Carl Sagan

"Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist." - George V Higgins

"As a former English professor, I can assure you that grammar is the qualitative interpolation of language. Adjectives, pronouns, predicates, past pluperfect indicative - ridiculous. It has qualities, shadings, differentiations, rhythmic structures of symbolic meaning." - Frederick Lenz

"The idea that growth equals profitability is a misconception. If you can't afford the financial or qualitative side of growth, it can just as easily put you out of business." - Mark Cuban

"Modernity is a qualitative, not a chronological, category." - Theodor Adorno

"What is clear is that users own their data and should have control of how their data is used." - Marissa Mayer

"Every company has big data in its future and every company will eventually be in the data business." - Thomas H. Davenport

"One [Big Data] challenge is how we can understand and use big data when it comes in an unstructured format." - Steven McDonnell

"If we have data, let's look at data. If all we have are opinions, let's go with mine." - James L. Barksdale

"Data are just summaries of thousands of stories - tell a few of those stories to help make the data meaningful." - Dan Heath

"If you consider any set of data without a preconceived viewpoint, then a viewpoint will emerge from the data." - William S Burroughs

"Teach where data can be found or how it can be derived, not the recording of data." - L Ron Hubbard

"Knowledge about limitations of your data collection process affects what inferences you can draw from the data." - Nick Bostrom

"To understand how quickly we're cooking the planet, we need good data. To have good data, we need good satellites." - Jeff Goodell

"People treat citizens like they're some kind of unreliable source, but citizens are data. They are a data set." - Josh Fox

"Government and businesses cannot function without enormous amounts of data, and many people have to have access to that data." - Glenn Greenwald

"Despite the value of open data, most labs make no systematic effort to share data with other scientists." - Michael Nielsen

"With too little data, you won't be able to make any conclusions that you trust. With loads of data you will find relationships that aren't real... Big data isn't about bits, it's about talent." - Douglas Merrill

"Data dominates. If you've chosen the right data structures and organized things well, the algorithms will almost always be self-evident. Data structures, not algorithms, are central to programming." - Rob Pike

"We're in this period where we're getting good data rates. I would say we're getting data rates that are like the data rates we got when we launched RealAudio in 1995." - Robert Glaser

"I think there's data, and then there's information that comes from data, and then there's knowledge that comes from information. And then, after knowledge, there is wisdom. I am interested in how to get from data to wisdom." - Toni Morrison

"We're in this period where we're getting good data rates. I would say we're getting data rates that are like the data rates we got when we launched RealAudio in 1995." - Rob Glaser

"Go out and collect data and, instead of having the answer, just look at the data and see if the data tells you anything. When we're allowed to do this with companies, it's almost magical." - Steven Levitt

"Data scientists are statisticians because being a statistician is awesome and anyone who does cool things with data is a statistician." - Robert Rodriguez

"It amazes me how people are often more willing to act based on little or no data than to use data that is a challenge to assemble." - Robert J Shiller

"We used to be calorie poor and now the problem is obesity. We used to be data poor, now the problem is data obesity." - Hal Varian

"There are two sources of error: Either you lack sufficient data, or you fail to take advantage of the data that you have." - Bryan Caplan

"The 'data' (given) of research are not so much given as taken out of a constantly elusive matrix of happenings. We should speak of capta rather than data." - R D Laing

"It is better to have 100 functions operate on one data structure than to have 10 functions operate on 10 data structures." - Alan Perlis

"On the allegation of withholding temperature data, we find that CRU was not in a position to withhold access to such data or tamper with it." - Muir Russell

"Scientists do not collect data randomly and utterly comprehensively. The data they collect are only those that they consider *relevant* to some hypothesis or theory." - J. David Lewis-Williams

"The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data." - John Tukey

"There is not substantial data that AZT stops the transmission of HIV from mother to child. There is too much conflicting data to make concrete policy." - Manto Tshabalala-Msimang

"Where big data is all about seeking correlations - and thus to make incremental changes - small data is all about causations - seeking to understand the reasons why." - Martin Lindstrom

"Have a focus on the data itself; where it is stored, processed and transmitted. Information protection controls are necessary to protect data the company depends upon for revenue." - Gideon Rasmussen

"All any drug amounts to is tweaking the incoming data. You have to be incredibly self-centered or pathetic to be satisfied with simply tweaking the incoming data." - William Gibson

"The weaker the data available upon which to base one's conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity." - Norman Ralph Augustine

"Data is the fabric of the modern world: just like we walk down pavements, so we trace routes through data, and build knowledge and products out of it." - Ben Goldacre

"Yelp is in a very nice spot: local data, and especially review data, is one of the killer apps on mobile phones." - Jeremy Stoppelman

"There are corporate private investigators, companies doing very forensic background checks on people. They buy data, they get their own data... They don't want their industry publicised." - Heather Brooke

"We need a data network that can easily carry voice, instead of what we have today, a voice network struggling to carry data." - Reed Hundt

"Although the prime numbers are rigidly determined, they somehow feel like experimental data." - Timothy Gowers

"Junk food, empty calories and carbs are the Big Data of the masses" - Karl Marx

"The real justification for psychedelics is that they feed new data into your model." - Terence Mckenna

"One of the myths about the Internet of Things is that companies have all the data they need, but their real challenge is making sense of it. In reality, the cost of collecting some kinds of data remains too high, the quality of the data isn't always good enough, and it remains difficult to integrate multiple data sources." - Chris Murphy

"Big data will replace the need for 80% of all doctors" - Vinod Khosla

"A hacker doesnt deliberately destroy data or profit from his activities." - Kevin Mitnick

"Engineering, I think you can pick up. [A data scientist's] curiosity is built-in" - Scott Nicholson

"I'm a bit of a freak for evidence-based analysis. I strongly believe in data." - Gus O'Donnell, Baron O'Donnell

"Data isn't information, any more than fifty tons of cement is a skyscraper." - Clifford Stoll

"Thought, without the data on which to structure that thought, leads nowhere." - Victor J. Stenger

"It's easy to pretend expertise when there's no data to contradict you." - Seth Godin

"Let them know precisely what you are going to do with their data" - Steve Jobs



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