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Curiosity - the one skill you need for data analysis

Developing an almost feline agility of the mind to ask questions can help fill in the gaps.

SURE-FOOTED PROWESS: A still from the classic 1934 thriller, 'The Black Cat' starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, perhaps best evokes the mythical attributes of cats - their association with the preternatural, their predisposition for napping and most of all - their curiosity. In data analysis, this quality can make one smarter.

IF you have a cat, you already know its famous habits: laziness (all those cat naps!) and legendary curiosity. As the day rolls by, cats enjoy nothing better than sleeping. However, anything new or unfamiliar quickly ignites their spirit of inquiry.

Curiosity may indeed have killed some...

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