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Big Data: Eight Facts and Eight Fictions

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    Fiction #8: Most data scientists have experience with Big Data. This isn’t true because much of Big Data isn’t directly used; rather, it is summarized or “map reduced” before being analyzed, which is often not very big.

    Data science is a new branch of study. Most data scientists fall into two groups: statisticians turned programmers, and programmers turned statisticians that compete for data scientist jobs. While they used to work with data sets and map-reduced data sets, they’re not as used to working with user profile data, which is what Big Data primarily consists of.

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Big Data: Eight Facts and Eight Fictions

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    Fiction #8: Most data scientists have experience with Big Data. This isn’t true because much of Big Data isn’t directly used; rather, it is summarized or “map reduced” before being analyzed, which is often not very big.

    Data science is a new branch of study. Most data scientists fall into two groups: statisticians turned programmers, and programmers turned statisticians that compete for data scientist jobs. While they used to work with data sets and map-reduced data sets, they’re not as used to working with user profile data, which is what Big Data primarily consists of.

As with cloud computing, Big Data is a hot topic around the business right now. Expectations for what it can achieve often reach into the stratosphere. At the same time, the overwhelming amount of data involved is daunting and can seem like an insurmountable obstacle. So what is Big Data, where does it come from, and what can you actually do with it? ThreatTrack Security has identified eight facts and eight fictions regarding Big Data.