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MAY 29, 2012 9:45am ET

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Big Data, Done Fast and Pretty


A few months ago, I conversed with friends at Revolution Analytics about “pretty” big data for statistical analysis. David Smith and Joe Rickert of RA had read one of my blogs and expressed interest in the multi-million record census data set I’d built from the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS).

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Comments (4)
Great exercise! Very interested to know how long - all in - did it take you to produce these results with "almost" big data (i.e. developing, assembling scripts etc)?
Posted by Darren P | Wednesday, May 30 2012 at 6:51PM ET
I worked on this over the course of 3 weekends while watching the college lacrosse tournament. Maybe 30 hours in all -- about 5 on assembling the data with ruby, about 7 on WPS/Bridge2R, 8 on the initial VectorWise, ODBC, and RODBC work, and the remainder on R scripts.
Posted by steve m | Thursday, May 31 2012 at 6:08AM ET
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