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ChrisMurphy
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11/22/2011 | 3:59:24 PM
re: How To Get One Version Of The Truth
This article also ran in the print issue of InformationWeek, and I got this response in email from a reader, Dennis:

Jeanne RossG«÷s commentG«™ G«ˇGetting to one version of the truth G«£doesnG«÷t have anything to do with accuracy, it has everything to do with declaring it,G«• is most interesting.

I always thought that the definition of truth had to do with absolutes, at least that is what I find when performing a basic search of several dictionaries. In fact, the common definitions of truth according to those sources is based on accuracy not on postulating, which is as I understand itG«™ G«£assumingG«• something is true without proof.

I can agree that G«£getting to one version of a postulate doesnG«÷t have anything to do with accuracy.G«•

Hmmm. Would I rather be operated on by a surgeon that assumes what he/she is doing or a surgeon that knows what he/she is doing?

I certainly agree with identifying a source of information as a target, if you will, to focus efforts on the process of improvement. During the process of improvement, the target data should be tested though for accuracy. If the target data does not accurately represent the process, the target data should be re-evaluated for usefulness. Perhaps another data source will be identified during the improvement process that better represents what is attempting to be accomplished.

Best regards,

Dennis
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11/14/2011 | 2:54:54 AM
re: How To Get One Version Of The Truth
That's a great example of people working to make a data source accurate because it's essential. Joemail's point above is true enough -- you have to know the limits of the data you're using, including whether it's being distorted. But the point i'd reiterate is you can't wait until the data's perfectly validated to plow ahead, and to declare your source of the truth. If you wait for that, people will just wait it out to see if this is just the "data flavor of the month."


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