About 20:30 I laid my penultimate draft of Chapter 4: Context and Observations, or as I think of it, ‘When I went to war with stats, and won”. I read it back to write the summary and I am quite proud of all I have done. Cleaned 2 huge datasets, used VLOOKUP, INDEX, MATCH, array formulae, specified and deployed perl (no I didn’t code it, but specced it), brought my SPSS skillset up from ‘barely remember it’ to nicely whizz, and more importantly started to conceptually understand when to use what, and more importantly to recognise when it can’t help. I had some great support from two great a statisticians, one a real expert, and I now begin to see that there is as much craft in stats as numbers.. It’s a huge chapter, nearly 80 pages, and 15k words, but a lot of the page count is tables and figures and screenshots, which is appropriate and means that the work is very reproducible. That’s important since after the PhD, I want to take the other 3 years and analyse them as well. I suspect there are 2 papers at least from this one methodology and data alone. Mind you, it’ll need reading back at the end to tease out some more, or bury some errors..
Off to see young Oliver in North Hykeham, Lincoln, Saturday, and see how much he’s grown. I am really rather looking forward to seeing him, and I am taking mr Dr Who mister men books to read with him.
Oh, and Monday I start Chapter 6, Business Models. I think that might be smoother.