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 .

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QuickStats – Amazing online tool to grab US Education Statistics

Was doing some research and found this amazing online resource for finding statistical and demographic info on college students in the US.

You can dynamically build charts and tables using a Pivottable-like web interface.  Very cool stuff indeed.  Hope to see this functionality in other web sites.

Check it out at QuickStats .