[School-of-data] BIG data... What is BIG?

Friedrich Lindenberg friedrich at pudo.org
Wed Jul 9 15:24:13 UTC 2014

I guess a good definition of big data is that it’s a term used to sell tech to folks who may not otherwise need it. In that case, the limit is whatever the tool you’re selling can process.

It’s also a great way for columnists to discuss the decline of western civilisation symbolised by Mark Zuckerberg. In that case, it’s everything that gets collected by Americans. 


- Friedrich 

p.s. I honestly don’t think there’s a good definition. “Not reasonably processable on one machine” could be a guideline, but that can be a good dozen terabytes these days?

On 09 Jul 2014, at 16:53, Simon Cropper <simoncropper at fossworkflowguides.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have been exploring various projects that claim to handle BIG data but to be honest most do not qualify what BIG actually means.
> I remember the days when programs specified the maximum number of records, maximum number of fields and maximum number of tables in a database that could be manipulated at any one time. Why don't these types of specs get provided for languages and libraries anymore?
> What are people's impression of what BIG actually means when used to describe large datasets?
> To me BIG is millions of records and multiple linked tables.
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