Category Archives: Asking questions

DataKind’s Jack Porway on Data Science

“If you leave an excited data scientist on his own to solve a problem, he’s going to solve his own problem – which is usually parking his car, or finding a bar to drink at. The trick that we worked … Continue reading

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The Big Data Debate: Correlation vs. Causation

In the first quarter of 2013, the stock of big data has experienced sudden declines followed by sporadic bouts of enthusiasm. The volatility—a new big data “V”—continues this month and Ted Cuzzillo summed up the recent negative sentiment in “Big … Continue reading

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Big Data Commentary Roundup

Katie Baker in Grantland: “After spending two days and nights [at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference] talking and thinking and hearing about data visualization and correlation coefficients and Big Data… and things like ‘Dequantizing the Player Draft Using Extreme … Continue reading

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Big Data Quotes of the Week

“In traditional biology research, people ask a key question, or run a trial. They make clinical and molecular measurements to address that question. They use some statistics or computation. Then they validate what they’ve found in another, more advanced trial. … Continue reading

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Machines vs. Models, Noise vs. Signal

An excerpt from Nassim Taleb’s forthcoming book, Antifragile, was posted yesterday on the Farnam Street blog. In “Noise and Signal,” Taleb says that “In business and economic decision-making, data causes severe side effects —data is now plentiful thanks to connectivity; … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Big Data

Douglas Merrill, former CIO/VP of Engineering at Google, has issued an important warning about big data: “With too little data, you won’t be able to make any conclusions that you trust.  With loads of data you will find relationships that … Continue reading

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Asking Good Questions is What Will Make Big Data Work for You

Asking good questions as the key to unleashing the potential of big data got significant blog time this past week.

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