There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Or so sayeth Mark Twain.
Statistics is the science of analyzing and learning from data. And Twain’s sarcasm was in regards to the erroneous interpretation of data, intentional or not.
Seattle has a new rock star of data interpretation: Gene Balk, the Seattle Times columnist, ”FYI Guy”.
Gene’s columns began appearing a few years ago and initially were ‘lighter’ in character, looking at favorite brand of coffee or ethnic origins of the Seattle Freeze or which neighborhood is the most vegetarian.
In the last couple of years however Gene has started paying greater attention to larger demographic and economic trends in the region. Statistically speaking, Gene has become one of the most consistent chroniclers of growth and change in the Puget Sound region.
Join us for what should be an engaging conversation about Seattle and the region.