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The Power Of Small Data!

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The Power of Small DataWhile solving a tough Sudoku Puzzle, I was stuck on locating a “9”. As I was gazing at a location to put it, I stumbled across an interesting puzzle (not related to Sudoku). Take any number from 11 to 99. Say 37. The flip number of 37 is 73. The difference between the two is 36 which is 4 nines added to together. The number 4 comes the difference between 3 and 7, the two digits we were juggling. The same applies to say 46. The flip of 46 is 64 which 18 units apart from 46. 18 just happens to 2 nines added together, where the number comes as the difference between 4 and 6. You can try this – it will work for all numbers from 11 to 99.  I did some checking, and it is astonishing that in this day of Google I could not find this puzzle mentioned anywhere.  A point to note:  Dean Lane who runs Office of the CIO and a partner to my firm UGovernIT, Inc., pointed out that the resulting difference 36, 18 also relate to 9.  The digits 3+6 and 1+8 also add up to nine.

Others may have discovered this small numerological wonder, but the message for me was very simple. There is still so much to discover even with small data. When everyone is jumping to understand Big Data, we should not forget that case studies and qualitative data analysis are also very pertinent to decision making.

Written by Subbu Murthy

September 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Posted in Analytics

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  1. Quite interesting.
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    mayashenoi

    September 18, 2014 at 2:20 am


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