BurnBright Basics to Understanding Data
Episode 3 • 4m 53s
Even when you measure the right thing, your data will be bad if you measure it in the wrong way. "Accuracy" is a good word that describes what we get from good measurement. But when our measures are not accurate, our data will mislead us.
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