Superstition and Analytics

Wikipedia states that

Superstition is a belief in a non-physical (i.e. supernatural) causality: that one event causes another without any physical process linking the two events….It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luckprophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.

Think about it – we have heard about soccer players and cricketers put on their right shoe first and then left (or vice versa). Why do they do this? They have reasons to believe that when they followed such an approach, things worked out for them. Also, when they did not follow, bad luck dogged them. They are right and wrong in their own way.

Let us revisit Wikipedia once again for Analytics

A simple definition of analytics is “the science of analysis”. A practical definition, however, would be that analytics is the process of obtaining an optimal or realistic decision based on existing data.

Does it make sense to say that analytics done badly will result in a superstition?

Maybe. What do you think?

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