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Putting the Data Science into Journalism

Putting the Data Science into Journalism | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
News organizations increasingly use techniques like data mining, Web scraping, and data visualization to uncover information that would be impossible to identify and present manually.
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The Hype Around Graph Databases And Why It Matters

The Hype Around Graph Databases And Why It Matters | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Organizations are struggling with a fundamental challenge – there’s far more data than they can handle.  Sure, there’s a shared vision to analyze structured and unstructured data in support of better decision making but is this a reality for most companies?  The big data tidal wave is transforming the database [...]
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Humanizing Big Data

Humanizing Big Data | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it

The marketing agenda has become dominated by big data. And for good reason, as it is hard to ignore the heady predictions about the effect that data can have on business performance. McKinsey, for example, has estimated that a retailer using big data can potentially increase its margin by more than 60%.


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Engineering the public: Big data, surveillance and computational politics | Tufekci | First Monday

Engineering the public: Big data, surveillance and computational politics | Tufekci | First Monday | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it

Digital technologies have given rise to a new combination of big data and computational practices which allow for massive, latent data collection and sophisticated computational modeling, increasing the capacity of those with resources and access to use these tools to carry out highly effective, opaque and unaccountable campaigns of persuasion and social engineering in political, civic and commercial spheres. I examine six intertwined dynamics that pertain to the rise of computational politics: the rise of big data, the shift away from demographics to individualized targeting, the opacity and power of computational modeling, the use of persuasive behavioral science, digital media enabling dynamic real-time experimentation, and the growth of new power brokers who own the data or social media environments. I then examine the consequences of these new mechanisms on the public sphere and political campaigns.

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Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data

Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it

It’s a valuable tool for analysis, but don’t believe all the hype.

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Opinions and insights on Big Data by Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis. Gary Marcus is a professor of psychology at New York University and an editor of the forthcoming book “The Future of the Brain.” Ernest Davis is a professor of computer science at New York University.

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What Big Data Means For Social Science

We've known big data has had big impacts in business, and in lots of prediction tasks. I want to understand, what does big data mean for what we do for science? Specifically, I want to think about the following context:  You have a scientist who has a hypothesis that they would like to test, and I want to think about how the testing of that hypothesis might change as data gets bigger and bigger. So that's going to be the rule of the game. Scientists start with a hypothesis and they want to test it; what's going to happen?

 


Via Alessandro Cerboni, NESS, Complexity Digest
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The Big Data Brain Drain: Why Science is in Trouble

The Big Data Brain Drain: Why Science is in Trouble | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it

Regardless of what you might think of the ubiquity of the "Big Data" meme, it's clear that the growing size of datasets is changing the way we approach the world around us. This is true in fields from industry to government to media to academia and virtually everywhere in between. Our increasing abilities to gather, process, visualize, and learn from large datasets is helping to push the boundaries of our knowledge.

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How Not to Drown in Numbers (a.k.a. Small Data is important too)

How Not to Drown in Numbers (a.k.a. Small Data is important too) | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
The key question isn’t “What did I measure?” but “What did I miss?”
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Societal, Economic, Ethical and Legal Challenges of the Digital Revolution: From Big Data to Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Manipulative Technologies

Societal, Economic, Ethical and Legal Challenges of the Digital Revolution: From Big Data to Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Manipulative Technologies | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it

In the wake of the on-going digital revolution, we will see a dramatic transformation of our economy and most of our societal institutions. While the benefits of this transformation can be massive, there are also tremendous risks to our society. After the automation of many production processes and the creation of self-driving vehicles, the automation of society is next. This is moving us to a tipping point and to a crossroads: we must decide between a society in which the actions are determined in a top-down way and then implemented by coercion or manipulative technologies (such as personalized ads and nudging) or a society, in which decisions are taken in a free and participatory way and mutually coordinated.

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If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?

If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help? | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Data science offers a lot of promise in many fields, but for now, it seems wise to keep human beings in the loop.
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How Do Big Data Analytics Enhance Network Security?

How Do Big Data Analytics Enhance Network Security? | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Big Data and Big Data analytics have become hot topics in recent years. Unlike traditional methods of cause and effect deduction, Big Data analytics generate predictions based on such enormous volumes of data, that only the tools of association and inference are useful for finding relevance or meaning. An interesting case [...]
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Why Big Data Isn’t Necessarily Better Data | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Why Big Data Isn’t Necessarily Better Data | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
Tech companies—Facebook, Google and IBM, to name a few—are quick to tout the world-changing powers of “big data” gleaned from mobile devices, Web searches, citizen science ...
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How Big Data Can Transform Society for the Better

How Big Data Can Transform Society for the Better | Bits 'n Pieces on Big Data | Scoop.it
The digital traces we leave behind each day reveal more about us than we know. This could become a privacy nightmare—or it could be the foundation of a healthier, more prosperous world
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By M.I.T. computer scientist Alex Pentland. Video based on the article: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pentland-how-exactly-is-big-data-going-to-change-the-world-video


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