Big Data or Big Garbage?

Software developers have a popular saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.” They even have an acronym for it: GIGO. What is true for computer science is true for data science, as well, and perhaps even more so — if the data...

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The Scoop on Hadoop

You can’t have a discussion about big data or data science these days without mentioning Hadoop, but when you ask people what Hadoop is, they struggle to define it. I define Hadoop as a software framework for harnessing the power of...

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Defining “Big Data”

Big data is a term that describes an immense volume of diverse data typically analyzed to identify patterns, trends, and associations. However, the term “big data” didn’t start out that way. In 1997, NASA researchers Michael Cox...

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