What's Big Data?

You (too) often listen about big data but maybe you never dare to ask what's Big Data in real life...

What's Big Data? 2020/03/04 | Data Culture

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The not to missed definition

Wikipedia says "Big data " is a field that treats ways to analyze, systematically extract information from, or otherwise deal with data sets that are too large or complex to be dealt with, by traditional data-processing application software. Data with many cases (rows) offer greater statistical power, while data with higher complexity (more attributes or columns) may lead to a higher false discovery rate."

Do you know 3V?

3Vs (volume, variety and velocity) are three defining properties or dimensions of big data.
Volume refers to the amount of data, Variety to the different data types and Velocity to the speed of data processing.

In a nutshell, Big data offers the ability to process efficiently very large amounts of various data as well simple raw files than unstructured data like social media contents.

What you need to know:

Big data was born in the early 90's with Internet Era. Core technologies were initially developed by Yahoo and Google with amazing growth of datas coming from web 2.0. Please read about a brief history of Big Data here and become a real big data historian ;-)

But what's the purpose ?

Google helps you everyday with it. It now makes possible to know more about consumers (like you and me). It makes marketing more efficient with advertising or product suggestions. It makes us possible to instantly know what's the traffic on our way through our smartphone.... We want to make short "You now use Big Data in your every day life without knowing".

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