Calling BS: Finding Truth in Data (St Louis)

November 12, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


St Louis Knight Center

Registration Required: Yes


Seminar Details
Numbers don’t take a position — they’re just information for us to interpret. This course helps you develop a healthy skepticism for how data is presented and examines how it’s often purposefully distorted or inadvertently misinterpreted.  We will develop a framework for understanding common misinformation around the theme of modern data science.  Using real-life examples, we will learn specific tools to understand what questions we should be asking of data in order to spot the lies, damned lies, and statistics (with a little fake news thrown in for good measure.)

  • Develop a framework for critically evaluating data-based claims
  • How data analytics can lead to incorrect conclusions
  • Tools for asking the right questions of data

  • Quickly identify opportunities or risks when presented with new reports, studies, analytics, and techniques 
  • Better determine what type of information to extract from data by asking better questions
  • Avoid the thinking traps that can lead to poor decisions and outcomes
  • Defend against poor decision making due to misrepresented information
Earn a Concentration or your Advanced Management Certificate

This seminar qualifies for one day out of five in the Strategic Thinking Concentration. Earn a concentration by taking five seminar days in this area within two years, or complete 15 seminar days across three defined concentration areas to earn your Advanced Management Certificate.


Liberty Vittert, Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington University in St Louis

Executive Programs, 314-935-9494

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