Open Thoughts on Analytics
APR 25, 2013 12:59pm ET

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I’m still reeling from the provocative but important new book, “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How Live, Work and Think,” co-authored by Oxford professor Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Economist editor Kenneth Cukier, that I twice blogged on a few weeks back.

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Comments (4)
Excellent summary of a very complicated topic. I have highly recommended this to all my followers.

Always enjoy your posts. -Tracy Allison Altman (@EvidenceSoup)

Founder, Ugly Research: Analytics on a human scale.

Posted by Tracy A | Tuesday, April 30 2013 at 7:35PM ET
Thanks for very insightful review of the two books. Yesterday morning, I was jogging a 5K morning run with my daughter. Both of us had our iPhones with Endomondo tracking the distance. At the end, I declared victory at crossing 5K, but my daughter insisted we had another 50 meters to go based on her Endomondo. Each Endomondo is "accurately" tracking our distance but there is tolerance in that measurement. Each could be off by about 25 meters. For any one who says they are getting the entire population, they are forgetting a number of factors that statistitians resolve on a regular basis. While I enjoyed reading Mayer-Schonberger/Cukier, I am not convinced we have n=all in every situation and so a statistian in combination with big data is a much better approach.
Posted by Arvind S | Wednesday, May 01 2013 at 3:54PM ET
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