analysts analyze bloggers blog but scientists research
if hackers hack and writers write why dont poets poe
or maybe everybody is a closet poet
some write prose some write code
some play in ones and zeros some play with images
some with video while most stick to playing with A to Z
we all have our favorite toys some we choose most are given to us
poets and hackers playjoes and crackers
choosing to play in a divine farmville playing till we slacken
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Wilder Tukey ForMemRS (June 16, 1915 – July 26, 2000) was an American  statistician. [
Tukey was born in
New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1915, and obtained a B.A. in 1936 and M.Sc.in 1937, in chemistry, from Brown University, before moving to Princeton University where he received a Ph.D. in mathematics. 
World War II, Tukey worked at the Fire Control Research Office and collaborated with Samuel Wilks and William Cochran. After the war, he returned to Princeton, dividing his time between the university and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Among many contributions to
civil society, Tukey served on a committee of the American Statistical Association that produced a report challenging the conclusions of the Kinsey Report, Statistical Problems of the Kinsey Report on Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.
He was awarded the
IEEE Medal of Honor in 1982 “For his contributions to the spectral analysis of random processes and the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm.”
Tukey retired in 1985. He died in
New Brunswick, New Jersey on July 26, 2000. [
statistical interests were many and varied. He is particularly remembered for his development with James Cooley of the Cooley–Tukey FFT algorithm. In 1970, he contributed significantly to what is today known as the jackknife estimation—also termed Quenouille-Tukey jackknife. He introduced the box plot in his 1977 book,” Exploratory Data Analysis“.
Tukey’s range test, the Tukey lambda distribution, Tukey’s test of additivity and Tukey’s lemma all bear his name. He is also the creator of several little-known methods such as the trimean and median-median line, an easier alternative to linear regression.
In 1974, he developed, with Jerome H. Friedman, the concept of the
projection pursuit. 
Ronald Aylmer Fisher FRS (17 February 1890 – 29 July 1962) was an English statistician, evolutionary biologist, eugenicist and geneticist. Among other things, Fisher is well known for his contributions to statistics by creating Fisher’s exact test and Fisher’s equation. Anders Hald called him “a genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science” while  Richard Dawkins named him “the greatest biologist since Darwin“. 
William Sealy Gosset (June 13, 1876–October 16, 1937) is famous as a statistician, best known by his pen name and for his work on Student Student’s t-distribution.
Canterbury, England to Agnes Sealy Vidal and Colonel Frederic Gosset, Gosset attended Winchester College before reading chemistry and mathematics at New College, Oxford. On graduating in 1899, he joined the Dublin brewery of Arthur Guinness & Son.
Guinness was a progressive agro-chemical business and Gosset would apply his statistical knowledge both in the brewery and on the farm—to the selection of the best yielding varieties of barley. Gosset acquired that knowledge by study, trial and error and by spending two terms in 1906–7 in the biometric laboratory of Karl Pearson. Gosset and Pearson had a good relationship and Pearson helped Gosset with the mathematics of his papers. Pearson helped with the 1908 papers but he had little appreciation of their importance. The papers addressed the brewer’s concern with small samples, while the biometrician typically had hundreds of observations and saw no urgency in developing small-sample methods.
Another researcher at Guinness had previously published a paper containing trade secrets of the Guinness brewery. To prevent further disclosure of confidential information, Guinness prohibited its employees from publishing any papers regardless of the contained information. However, after pleading with the brewery and explaining that his mathematical and philosophical conclusions were of no possible practical use to competing brewers, he was allowed to publish them, but under a pseudonym (“Student”), to avoid difficulties with the rest of the staff.
Thus his most famous achievement is now referred to as  Student’s t-distribution, which might otherwise have been Gosset’s t-distribution.
Based on the art by
Visiting Boston (below) is right up on my Bucket List
http://bucketlist.org/ – esp after I saw The Departed.
Image by kevindooley via Flickr
I need more data
To take a decision
Keep your panties on
We need more precision
It is the owners money
That pays for your bills
You can go elsewhere
If you want primal egoistic thrills
People are precious
Money comes and goes
The Older you get
The lesser greed shows
Is this too much information
To overload your comprehension
Analysis led to paralysis
But time wont wait for your permission
We need better models
We need them now
The cost of delayed decisions
can hurt us and how
We will pay thousands
of dollars in annual fees
To earn or save millions of dollars
Now, If you please
Still here, but slightly offended
By coming straight to the truth
Every body swings and misses
From Barry Bonds to Babe Ruth
Data is all around you
and so is all the money
You keep ignoring decision management
and you will lose your shirt, honey.
Here is a newer version of Viva Americana, based on the feedback loop.You can click on the picture (in this as well as the older to read) version to get a higher zoom level.
Based on the contest at One Stop Poetry and the Photography of Scott Wyden
Image via Wikipedia
I thought she dropped from Heaven
But all she did was leave
Broke my heart and my credit card
Left me wondering which one to grieve
I thought our time was special
We shared some mystic divine ties
It turns out I had been blitzed
By 140 pounds of sugar speaking 300 pounds of lies
Still life is okay
Fools have to learn
Poets have to write poetry
Even when nagged to pimp out and earn
Awesome used to be an adjective
It is now a proper noun for some
We dont care we wont change
We just sing and hum.