Why Numbers?

An absurd thing in my collection of absurd things is a retired safe from a bank ATM. I needed to move it to my new office, which meant rolling it down a ramp on a heavy-duty furniture dolly. Since I wasn’t sure how much weight I’d be holding back and whether it would crush me, I did a little math to calculate the force it would have given the weight and the incline (ignoring friction). The result was a low enough number that the plan could proceed. That’s using numbers in everyday life. Lots of these applications are automatic for many of us, such as comparing unit costs between items at the grocery. What we encourage here at Studio C, is a broader view of where numbers come in handy, and it’s just about everywhere if you open your perspective a bit. Let a standard deviation help you know whether something you’re looking at is typical or not. Let a simple regression help you know what’s likely to happen next given what’s already happened. These are easy to do and understand in Excel. So if you want to be the office wizard and predict sales numbers for the next month, let’s talk.

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