Comment W4 Re: I'm glad to see this kind of criticism


The Fallacies of Big Data


I'm glad to see this kind of criticism (Score: 4, Insightful)

by on 2014-03-30 20:12 (#W2)

As a biostatistician working in bioinformatics, I'm well aware of both how powerful and how dangerous "big data" can be--powerful because it can tell you things you couldn't discover any other way, dangerous because it will tell you all kinds of things that aren't true unless you're very, very careful with your analysis. A lot of the people talking about "big data" and "data science" and all the rest of it are sound like teenagers who have just got their drivers' licenses.

Re: I'm glad to see this kind of criticism (Score: 2, Insightful)

by on 2014-03-31 03:01 (#W4)

So you're saying BD can be useful for exploratory data analysis to suggest avenues for investigation using more traditional methods. I remember they used to say the same about data mining before Big Data became the buzzword.

Maybe Big Data is just the reincarnation of data mining?


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2014-04-02 01:50 Insightful +1

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