It is a Mistake to... Answer Every Inquiry

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In his Top 10 Data Mining Mistakes John Elder shares lessons learned from 20 years of data science consulting experience. Avoiding these mistakes are cornerstones to any successful analytics project.

In this paper about Mistake #8 you will learn that Data Scientists (and their models) should answer all queries as truthfully as the evidence allows, regardless of how happy or unhappy that makes the questioner. However, we shouldn’t answer when our opinion is unqualified; that is, when there is not enough evidence.

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