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how big is big data?

Long before the term “big data” was popular, scientists had described a scenario that clearly falls into the big data paradigm. It involves a monkey typing on keyboard, and furthermore, it assumes the monkey is typing at random. Most of what we see on the screen (or paper), if we happened to be observing such […]

big data is popular (in the vernacular)

The term “big data” has popped up recently in the vernacular of an increasingly large number of leaders and writers in the defense establishment. This includes an appearance on the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) Professional Reading List in late 2017.1 What is meant by the term is still unclear though.2 In spite […]

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