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  •  heh... just wrote about that above. (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    funny how i can always get to the right solution - not necessarily by using the standard "rules" but in the end, it's correct.  

    i also can look at numbers and immediately "know" there is something wrong with them - subconscious processing maybe, but i am never wrong when i say "the numbers don't match!"

    whether it is banking, billed statements, auto sale computations, i just "know" that the numbers don't
    "add up" and if you give me a paper and pen, i'll show you where it breaks apart!

    and this from a "kid" who could barely get through math in highschool and college!

    "An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." ~Mahatma Gandhi

    by edrie on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 03:02:48 PM PDT

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    •  I think this .... (1+ / 0-)
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      i also can look at numbers and immediately "know" there is something wrong with them - subconscious processing maybe, but i am never wrong when i say "the numbers don't match!"

      is somehow related to understanding the numbers (in the contexts that most of us deal with) are representations of real things and real relationships.  So when (just as an example) you get an answer that suggests that the time delay between event one and event two is say two hours, you have the ability to take that and integrate it with your real life experience - which might be highly inconsistent with that number.  So - "the numbers don't match" - and off you go to find out whether it is faulty math or faulty assumptions.

      You have a very valuable skill.

      •  i'm really lucky - i don't always know (1+ / 0-)
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        why at first but am persistent enough to keep digging to find the answer.  it drives me nuts when numbers don't justify!

        biggest argument i ever had with sprint was over a 63 and change discrepancy in the bill.  finally they "offered" to "give" me $50 and i flatly refused.  i said to them, you don't "get" to just make this go away - you need to find out where the error is.  it took three months to finally find out there was an extra line being billed to my account after i cancelled an air card.

        soon as we found out, i changed companies.  they don't "get" to be cavalier about the numbers.  

        my former employer incorrectly reported my earnings to unemployment (two employers ago) - i've been fighting like mad to get it corrected because the ramification is huge.  they underreport - pay less in payroll taxes, where does that money go? into whose pocket did the difference disappear?  (with that company, i already know the answer).  and with many employees (over 100), how much total does that add up in a year, two, ten - compounded.

        i loved the movie "office space" JUST for the exposure of what a penny or two diverted over widespread accounts can add up to and how quickly.

        well, my former employer is in for a very unpleasant surprise... he's been caught - and, if i'm not wrong, that spells fraud!

        "An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." ~Mahatma Gandhi

        by edrie on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 03:47:03 PM PDT

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