If I haven’t made this clear before: I love stats. Like really.
Like maybe a bit too much (although, I don’t really thinks that possible).
Quick story: when I was at uni and I did an independent study on the economics of AFL, I would literally get lost in the numbers. I would keep playing with them, trying different combinations, adding variables… No joke? Sometimes I could be on the computer running regressions for an entire baseball game and not even notice when the game had ended because I was so into my work.
People think this is weird (I think those people are weird).
So I just wanted to write something quickly to explain myself (not that I need to, but you know… all about relationships and letting people in – or so I’m told) and tell you why I love numbers.
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH YOU CAN LEARN FROM NUMBERS?!
Of course, there is validity and a place for qualitative research and there has to be because (like it or not) people are emotional creatures and not everything can be explained by numbers.
But when you need proof (I’m thinking of the show ‘Suits’ at the moment) nothing is as hard as numbers.
If you need to know the age a human is at peak physical condition – that’s what stats are for. If you need to know how much your ticket prices should be, how much to pay someone, the time of day to host an event, the number of parking spots you need, the decrease in game attendance when it rains, the value of a sponsorship… that’s all stats, baby.
It’s not so much the raw numbers and data as what we can learn from them and how we can apply them to make things better.
Who cares if you know the best time host your event if you’re not going to change the schedule? You need to take those numbers and that information and apply it to yourself or business or team to improve. The possibilities are seriously endless. There is nothing that you can’t measure (yes, some things are harder to measure, but you can always find a way) and therefore, nothing you can’t improve with numbers and statistics.
Okay. That’s all for now. I think you get my drift (and probably think I’m crazy, but that’s the risk you take).