Bryan Beverly

Big Data: Gospel or Myth?

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magneticnorth0
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Re: Hanky-panky with Big Data
magneticnorth0   4/28/2016 3:22:15 PM
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Big data and analytics can seem almost miraculous in providing good guidance for decisionmaking, but only if the data is fed into the process fairly, honestly, and without a preset agenda.

"When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44)

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Joe Stanganelli   4/27/2016 1:20:09 AM
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@Ariella: So why not "Big Data Street" ... or "Big Data Sesame...Seed Bun"?

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louisw900   4/26/2016 1:38:18 PM
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@Bryant     Thanks for showing me this section.  I sometimes get blinders on and don't see the interesting and useful links on the right side of A2.    I really did enjoy "Big Data Archipelago".  Lot of great information which can be easily accessed.

 

I really enjoyed the characters and the humor.   The News parody makes a topic as weighty as Big Data easier to digest. 

Kudos to SAS for making the topic enjoyable to learn - I think this is a great marketing tool and effort.   

 

Others in this area should take note.

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SaneIT   4/25/2016 8:25:33 AM
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The truth also tends to be presented as the truth someone prefers.  There are books full of "How to like with Statistics" examples.  Spinning the truth has become an art form lately.

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Ariella   4/24/2016 9:29:59 PM
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@Joe yes, plus a bit of nostalgia for those of us who recall Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

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Broadway0474   4/24/2016 9:28:28 PM
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The truth can be explained. It's just a matter of how well. And how much the listener wants to see that truth.

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Hanky-panky with Big Data
Lyndon_Henry   4/23/2016 11:42:04 PM
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..

Louis writes

... companies either do not have the internal abilities to leverage Big Data or they are attempting to use it in ways that could be considered ethically questionable.

 Using large data stores to come to minute conclusions is always dangerous and Big Data is not exempted from this kind of abuse.


 

From personal experience I'd expand this observation to include public agencies. Take for example, public transportation planning, which has actually used big data and analytics for many decades (as I've written, this field can probably be considered one of the pioneers in this regard).

Here in Austin we had an example of this as recently as 2013, in the case of a "high-capacity transit" study that attempted to sell what was widely perceived as a faulty urban rail project, by brandishing analytics/big data-based results that were arrived at by skewing and manipulating the basic data inputs. A virtually classic case of GIGO.

Big data and analytics can seem almost miraculous in providing good guidance for decisionmaking, but only if the data is fed into the process fairly, honestly, and without a preset agenda.

 

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Re: The Potential of Big Data: Myth versus Reality
kq4ym   4/23/2016 6:22:42 PM
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Yes, it's always interesting to see if we can discover the "truth" and even that quest is subject to what's in the eye of the beholder. Maybe the truth really can't be explained, but we'll have to rely on a concept of mostly true, most of the time.

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Joe Stanganelli   4/23/2016 9:57:49 AM
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@Ariella: Plus, "Neighborhood" just sounds nicer -- friendly and acccessible.  And it evokes the notion of sharing.

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bkbeverly   4/22/2016 9:18:31 AM
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@SaneIT - yeah, I believe the cannonical reference (Matthew 7:5) is 'removing the pole from our eye before we remove the splinter from our neighbor's eye'. Yes - totally agree - good point!

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