In a data-obsessed world, the power of observation must not be forgotten

 As a think tanker friend wearily admonishes me: “Anecdote isn’t data, Adrian.” No, it isn’t, but if all you do is look at statistics to reach conclusions, decide on policies and develop your algorithms, without ever finding time to look out the window, seriously suboptimal outcomes – as the data geeks might put it – will come to pass.

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