20 July 2013

I Feel for Boris

The weekly feed of Database Weekly from sqlservercentral.com has a couple of non-sqlserver specific links dealing with "data science", one of which is particularly trenchant. Here's the ending, money quote:
I don't want to put you in a bad humor, or make you fear that predictive analytics could send you to an asylum, but it's likely that your experiences with sharing the insights provided by data science within your organization will follow a trajectory similar to how Harvard University professor Lant Pritchett describes the eventual adoption of any new insight: "Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Obvious."

This is similar to the quote attributed to Gandhi (that he actually said/wrote this is still disputed),
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Since it's been more than 40 years from Dr. Codd's RM paper and "developers" still denigrate even SQL databases much less Organic Normal Form™ schemas, I'd be truly bummed out if the Data Science folks can get to the end of their Yellow Brick Road in less than a decade. As Boris whined, "Unfair to local 12: Villains, Thieves and Scoundrels Union". Not that, to be clear, RM advocates are any of those miscreants.

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