Taming the Big-Data Wave

In this Q&A, the author Bill Franks takes us on a tour of his new book, Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave.
5/14/2012 |  4
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Re: Finding structure inside unstructured
  • 5/21/2012 10:27:49 AM

Waqas, right, Bill does make an interesting point. In the book he points to Web logs as the perfect example of semi- or multistructured data: "Web logs are pretty ugly when you look at them; however, each piece of information does, in fact, serve a purpose of some sort." The trick is figuring out whether any given piece of a Web log serves your particular purpose -- and that's more complex and will take more time than working with structured data.

Finding structure inside unstructured
  • 5/20/2012 2:09:08 AM

I love the point Bill made about the usual complaints made by people that most data is unstructured or semi-structured. A thorough analysis can reveal that the data was structured and just the apparent look made it look like unstructured.

By the its always great to hear about how the industry defines Big Data or how the industry looks at the importance of keeping the records of sources of data from a professional such as Chief Analytics Officer. People like Bill can tell us facts about data management, analytics and big data which university professors cant esp when we talk from the practical perspective.

E-chat tomorrow: Taming the Big-Data Tidal Wave
  • 5/16/2012 3:37:41 PM

Bill Franks will be joining us tomorrow at 2 pm ET for a conversation on reaping value from big-data via effective analytics. Join in the conversation here and earn a chance to win a free copy of his new book, Taming the Big Data Tidal Wave. We pick a winner through a random drawing.

Very cool interview!
  • 5/14/2012 11:32:31 PM

Hi Beth,

Very cool interview. I had a chance to meet Bill at the Predictive Analytics World event in New York City last year. The book looks interesting and is definitely on my list of books to read.