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Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

Dawn E. Holmes.

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Book. Subjects: Databases. 152 pages.

Since long before computers were even thought of, data has been collected and organized by diverse cultures across the world. Once access to the Internet became a reality for large swathes...

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Big data analytics

Dawn E. Holmes.

in Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Databases. 3860 words.

‘Big data analytics’ argues that big data is only useful if we can extract useful information from it. It looks at some of the techniques used to discover useful information from big data,...

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Big data and medicine

Dawn E. Holmes.

in Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Databases. 4971 words.

Big data analysis is changing the world of healthcare. Its potential has yet to be fully realized, but includes medical diagnosis, epidemic prediction, gauging public response to government...

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Big data and society

Dawn E. Holmes.

in Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Databases. 2167 words.

‘Big data and society’ considers how big data is changing the society we live in, through the development of sophisticated robots and their role in the workplace. It discusses smart...

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Big data, big business

Dawn E. Holmes.

in Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Databases. 4252 words.

Since the use of computers became feasible in commercial enterprise, there has been interest in using computers to improve efficiency, cut costs, and generate profits. When IBM launched the...

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Big data security and the Snowden case

Dawn E. Holmes.

in Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Databases. 4353 words.

‘Big data security and the Snowden case’ looks at some of the security issues surrounding big data and the importance of encryption. Some of the problems facing big data systems include...

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The data explosion

Dawn E. Holmes.

in Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Databases. 4043 words.

‘The data explosion’ introduces the reader to the diversity of data in general before explaining how the digital age has led to changes in the way we define data. Big data is introduced...

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Storing big data

Dawn E. Holmes.

in Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Databases. 4895 words.

The amount of data generated is approximately doubling every two years. How do we store and manage these colossal amounts of data? ‘Storing big data’ considers database storage and the idea...

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Why is big data special?

Dawn E. Holmes.

in Big Data: A Very Short Introduction

November 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Databases. 3317 words.

The rapid growth in computing power and storage has led to progressively more data being collected. Big datasets are certainly large and complex, but in order to fully define ‘big data’ we...

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