As I prepared for SVP Cincinnati's decision on a new focus area, I stumbled on NCCS (National Center for Charitable Statistics) and the NTEE-CC codes (developed in the '80s - these codes divides the universe of non profits into 26 major groups in 10 broad categories). It was a statistician's dream - Giving with a code :)
Codes are our attempt to take large numbers of seemingly unique items and group them into something more understandable. The allows us sort add together, compare and contrast - analysis/paralysis.
The 2010 census is now upon us - and each of us will be "codified". Somehow we must fit inside the codes they have provided - "none of the above" is not an option. Susan has started her personal revolution around the code for "Race". Personally I like her view - but as a statistician I'm conflicted - since I'm obsessed with codes.
Her preferred code for Race --- HUMAN.