Calling BS: Finding Truth in Data (St Louis)

September 2, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


St Louis Knight Center

Registration Required: Yes


Seminar Details
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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.

*The current healthcare situation requires that the Olin Business School provide participants with learning conditions that protect the health of participants, business school staff, and faculty. As a result, Olin faculty are prepared to deliver their sessions either live, or virtually, as regulations and circumstances permit. If conditions prohibit face-to-face coursework, we will switch affected seminars to virtual delivery via the Zoom platform


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

Executive Programs, 314-935-9494

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