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Small Count Data and Outlier Analysis: An Exploratory Study of Patient Safety

Small count data presents challenges for analytics and requires significant data inspection. Outliers may become a problem for small count data and are often overlooked. A single outlier may have a strong effect on small count data because of the difficulty in identifying the nature of the outlier. In the healthcare industry, small count data often represent life-threatening incidences, such as rare diseases or “never events” in surgeries. The focus of this research is on data sets that report retained surgical devices.

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A walk in silence

Each step I walk in silence

I see the road and the trees

The flowers and the leaves.

I walk one step at a time

With a weight that is only mine.

Seeds fall from the bag

A trail left for those who lag

Each step I walk in silence

Not to look behind

But I pray with a clear mind.

Taken for their fill

Plucked and stacked

For the walk up hill

A point unknown

Each step I walk in silence.

A Young One’s Quest.

A young boy in a village was always wanting to know more. He wanted to be the smartest in the village. Each day he would challenge others on how much he knew and even challenged the elders.

One day the boy in his quest for knowledge ventured into the forest and followed a strange path. He observed everything and took careful mental notes. The path and forest got denser and denser. Eventually he came upon a small lake. A mist appeared from the lake and a voice bellowed “Ask and receive what you seek”. The boys face lit up and in an instant he thought. Just as quick he began to cry and ran as fast as he could back to the village.

For 29 days he stayed in a small corner of his hut, sobbing and wailing. The elder of the village, entered the hut. He approached the boy and said ,”Young one , you have been here for almost 30 days. You speak to no one and have barely eaten, or have had drink. What troubles you?”

The boy began to sob and told the story. The elder asked, “What did you request of the mist?” The boy replied, “I wanted to know everything.” The elder asked,”Why Does this trouble you?” “Because”, replied the boy,” The voice said I would die in 30 days”.

The elder understood and thought for a moment and said, “Well, what did you do with this information?” Immediately, the boy understood and was enlightened.


Leadership is about making people perform better, making people better, and, making better people, at the same time

– Alexander Pelaez, from Ammunition: Essentials of Leadership