Forest for the trees

Pre-COVID, on the mornings when I walked from my car to the office, I passed an electronic sign showing the number of available spaces in three nearby car parks.  As a simple exercise to kickstart my brain of a morning, I tried to add up the total number of spaces in my head.  Not Newtonian physics I admit, but better than nothing.

I would then check the answer using the calculator on my phone because, well, I’m not really very good at maths….

What I noticed was on Monday’s and Friday’s, the number of available spaces would be 15-20% higher than Tuesday to Thursday.  I have my thoughts on why, but this isn’t a post about the habits of people who work in Parramatta.

What started out as a quick little brain exercise got me thinking about how we use (or more so don’t use) data to understand why things are the way they are, and more importantly – what then to do about it.

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