Big Data Is Less About Size, And More About Freedom

My favorite quote in this interview:

Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist, recently said,

“The sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians… The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it”

Unfortunately for those of us working on these problems in real life, it is not so simple. The archetypal data-renaissance man is mathematician, statistician, computer scientist, machine learner, and engineer all rolled into one. There are opportunities where you can lack some of these skills and work with a team that supplements your weak points—a startup is not one of those.

via TechCrunch Big Data Is Less About Size, And More About Freedom .

One thought on “Big Data Is Less About Size, And More About Freedom

  1. Howard March 27, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    Do you know about Hans Rosling and his TEDtalks? to quote a commenter: He’d actually make you think you wanted? to be a statistician.
    EclecticSceptic 2 months ago 2

    His visualization of data rivals Edward Tufte and his analysis and presentation of data is pure genius – entertaining and mind expanding.

    Good luck with getting out west. We at want to see those pics!


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