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DM: RE: data mining skeptics
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 07:44:05 -0400 (EDT)
Tjen-Sien Lim asks: > I'm wondering what you'd say to people who are > skeptical or even cynical toward data mining. I've > just met people who really dislike data mining and > predict that the entire field won't last long. Since > they're beyond my league, I couldn't convince > them that data mining is a real field and won't vanish. > Thanks. They can be "in a different universe" for several different reasons.  They may come from an organisation where quantitative/model information has almost no input into decision making and planning (beyond accounting).  They may have been burnt by AI hype. Or are trying to avoid your approach for consulting work... There is still a lot of hype out there!!!  They may be a stuck record repeating the phrase, "I tell you, it can't be done". And may or may not be willing to be proved wrong. [Think "religion" rather than "technology"].  They may be the wrong person [too stupid, too much invested in established 'solutions', too lazy, too loud, too paranoid, ...].  They may be already doing it under a different name, and not so automatically...  They may not want to waste time and money... If you want to make progress with DM credibility, look to intelligent, open-minded people who have already solved a few problems with novelty. T. Dr Tom Osborn Director of Modelling NTF Level 7, 1 York Street SYDNEY NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA phone: +61 2 9252 0600 fax: +61 2 9251 9894 > -----Original Message----- > From: Tjen-Sien Lim [SMTP:email@example.com] > Sent: Sunday, 15 August 1999 10:07 > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: DM: data mining skeptics > > -- > Tjen-Sien Lim (608) 262-8181 (Voice) > Dept. of Statistics (209) 882-7914 (Fax) > Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison email@example.com > 1210 West Dayton Street http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~limt > Madison, WI 53706 > > > P.S. My apology if this is a stupid question.