Big Data Hits the Big Time, but at What Price?

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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 »

Having the Data is Not Enough

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For people in our industry, numbers have a life of their own. We get excited when data show us new trends, patterns and possibilities. But most of the world does not view this information in the same way. In fact, believe it or not, most people think of statistical data as dry, unfathomable, even boring…. Read more »

2010 Forecast: Partly Sunny and Clearing

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John Kenneth Galbraith once said: “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.” It seems the media agrees, as they are having a hard time these days deciding whether the economy is recovering, stagnant, or still on a downward slide. New numbers released almost daily can seem contradictory and confusing, so… Read more »

My Own Personal Vision for Burtch Works

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  I’m lucky. My passion and my career are one in the same. After 26 years of executive recruiting, I am more excited, more motivated and more devoted than when I began. Perhaps the driving force behind this dedication is an unswerving belief that the quantitative disciplines represent the most dynamic possibilities in an ever-changing… Read more »

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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  Don’t worry, be happy… that you selected an analytical career path! Even in the face of daily dire economic news, the quantitative job market continues to hold its own. Many of you may have read this interesting take on how one man has tried to stand out in the job-hunting crowd. News outlets around the… Read more »

Job Market Update

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First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.— Franklin D. Roosevelt   Many people assume that this famous quote from Roosevelt was about World War II. In fact, it… Read more »