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Recent Examples of big data from the Web
In the shale play, big data is capturing and applying information in real time.
Now, Beim is on a quest to bring other women out of the dark by bringing big data to the womb.
Two House Science subcommittees hold a joint hearing on big data on July 12.
Human rights groups say Chinese authorities have been zealously using big data collection, A.I. and facial-recognition technology to upgrade Beijing’s mass surveillance efforts.
As things stand, most of it accrues to the big data distilleries.
Arabesque uses the tool to run its own in-house mutual fund, and is a quantitative asset manager that uses self-learning quantitative models and big data to assess the performance and sustainability of companies.
Palantir is not the only big data operation making millions off of ICE’s more aggressive policies.
In the last year, the company has launched a series of technology products aimed at city governments that promote big data, and the 'cloud and mobile solutions that help collect and process all the information into something useful.
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Did You Know?
Big data is a new addition to our language, but exactly how new is not an easy matter to determine. A 1980 paper by Charles Tilly provides an early documented use of big data, but Tilly wasn't using the word in the exact same way we use it today; rather, he used the phrase "big-data people" to refer to historians engaged in data-rich fields such as cliometrics. Today, big data can refer to large data sets or to systems and solutions developed to manage such large accumulations of data, as well as for the branch of computing devoted to this development. Francis X. Diebold, a University of Pennsylvania economist, who has written a paper exploring the origin of big data as a term, a phenomenon, and a field of study, believes the term "probably originated in lunch-table conversations at Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) in the mid 1990s…."
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