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Recent Examples of big data from the Web
Careers in big data are booming and the pace isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon.
Mexican economists have criticized Trump's attitude toward trade and economy as looking to the past rather than the future, emphasizing traditional industries rather than modernizing the agreement to include e-commerce and big data.
In this age of Moneyball and big data, why not look for patterns?
Of the academy's three majors, its flagship, computational modeling and data analytics (big data), is what drew senior Rachel Szabo.
In its 17 years, 73 companies, ranging from biopharmaceutical to diagnostics to big data, have come out of CCI.
Though there wasn’t a lot of detail on exactly how the money would be spent, Gates, a believer in using big data to solve problems, repeatedly said foundation grants given to schools as part of this new effort would be driven by data.
Moodagent, IBM Watson and Gaana are also processing voluminous catalogues into big data to ascertain the science behind the music and musical preferences.
If Peter Thiel’s successful shutdown of Gawker, another thorn in Silicon Valley’s side, was the first big data point, this could be the next.
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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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