Stop Mining Data!

December 14, 2011

In some recent planning and architectural discussions I’ve become aware of the significant difference between reasoning about data and reasoning about the world that the data represents.

Let me give you an example. If I tell you that we have two statements and that one (A) comes from a reliable source (with some statistical assessment of the reliability) and the other (B) from a less reliable source, you may wish to assert the first statement and drop the second.