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Check Your Models

The UK missed five digits of COVID cases due to an Excel error. Consultants, heed this advice.


As pupil of an aeronautical

PhD engineer, I learned Excel.

Its maths replace the square sclerotical

forebears on paper--talk about fixed cell...!

Part art of building such cash models lay

in tick and tie of details deep disguised.

Equation errors missed are swaddled, weigh

the outputs towards mistakes too oft outsized.

Such was the case when UK Public Health

missed near two thousand COVID cases each

of last ten days, so virus spread by stealth

without a contact traced. Worse this, than bleach?

Integrity is crucial in mankind.

In data, too. Math oughtn't be headlined.

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