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  • The power of old fashioned (“little”) data

    November 17, 2015

    At a time when there is so much talk of the promise of “big data” it is sobering to see the striking patterns and findings that can emerge from  “simple data”, and the classic approaches of demography and epidemiology that have formed the basis of public health for centuries. Just over the past few weeks, two studies reported extensively in the media have demonstrated the insight that can be gleaned from the simple analysis of mortality data.

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