Burtch Works Blog

With more activity in the quantitative and research landscape than ever before, Linda Burtch and the rest of the Burtch Works team always have something to say about this rapidly shifting field. Check back often for our top career advice, new flash survey results, and expert opinions on changes in the market that could affect your career or company.

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  I recently came across an interesting discussion on LinkedIn about Rick Smolan’s newest pet project called “The Human Face of Big Data.” The project is meant to shine a light on the work of the Big Data industry, and as someone who works almost exclusively with this field, I was immediately fascinated. Putting a… Read more »

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  Did you see the article in Saturday’s NY Times? The Age of Big Data article was a huge Internet hit. Everyone was talking about it, from Federal News Radio to individual bloggers. Big Data is Big News, but not to us. We’ve been talking about it for … years. We know that the ability for computers to… Read more »

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  “What Are The Odds That Stats Would Be This Popular?” That was the question Quentin Hardy asked in his NY Times piece last Friday (01/26/12). If you’ve been paying attention to this blog, you’d know that the odds have been good and are getting better. The real issue isn’t in the headline, but comes a couple of paragraphs down: “What… Read more »

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“Everywhere you look, there’s an opportunity to collect more data and then apply a statistical or mathematical approach to understanding what’s happening,” says Chris Kemp, chief executive officer of Nebula. This quote comes from a recent two-part series on NPR’s Morning Edition about what they call “Big Data.” It’s what we call our raw material,… Read more »

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The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you should put your job search on hold. In fact, Thanksgiving through New Year’s presents many unique advantages that aren’t available at any other time of year. Ever since I read “You Might Be Able to Get a New Job for Christmas” in… Read more »

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Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford think they know How to Fix Our Math Education (NYT, 8/24 Op Ed): “The truth is that different sets of math skills are useful for different careers, and our math education should be changed to reflect this fact.” I think they miss half the point. Here’s the other half: jobs. Even with… Read more »

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As you have likely heard, Linkedin’s shares more than doubled in their first day of trading. Business growth may be sluggish in other arenas, but it is booming for today’s social networking sites. Linkedin alone has more than 100 million members, and has revolutionized the way people communicate–especially when it comes to networking. It has… Read more »

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  There are times in my life when my “to-do” list trumps my “done” list so completely that being “overwhelmed” doesn’t begin to describe the situation. I’m forced to explore other options: Find a twin to split the duties? Consider cloning? Wave a white flag, and take a nap? So far I’ve opted to simply… Read more »