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What Charles Darwin Can Teach Business Leaders About Big Data

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In my previous post, I shared the ongoing debate about the so that it will yield meaningful, useful and, hopefully, profitable findings.

The top two options are approaching data as an explorer versus that you need to use a hypothesis, which I translate as using a more scientific-method based approach.

Explorer advocates say Big Data is too big for the typical reports-driven approach, and what’s worked for early adopters has been tinkering with the data to see what it reveals. Davenport and others contend that is a great way to waste time, spend money and create unhappy business leaders.

adds further insight into the discussion on best approaches. For Harris, the first step is to ensure that you’re dealing with high quality data so that you can separate the noise from new insight.

Now, data quality is Harris’ “thing, ” and who’s going to argue that it’s not important? Data quality ensures that you don’t make errors, right? Sure. But what he’s saying here goes beyond this obvious point.

Harris points to radio astronomers Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, whose Big Data came from the sky. They expected silence from the dead of space, so they tried to use it to calibrate their equipment.

Instead, they heard noise. “Knowing” that nothing existed in space, they assumed it was an equipment problem. It wasn’t. A year later, they addressed all potential problems with the equipment — and by extension, the data — and, lo, the noise still existed.

That noise was caused by cosmic microwave background radiation and evidence lent support to the Big Bang Theory. Its discovery led to Penzias and Wilson winning the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Harris says today a sort of Big Data Theory has come about, which says Big Data will challenge “steady state theories that have been the bedrock of the status quo within the data management industry for decades.” The question is, when Big Data challenges what we “know, ” will we dismiss it as mere “noise?”

“Even though big data analytics will reveal wonders, I can’t help but wonder how often the tepid response to it will be: ‘Yeah, well that might be what Big Data shows. But it’s just a theory, ” he writes.




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What are some interesting/strange facts about Charles Darwin?

Charles Rober Darwin, the naturalist, was made famous in scientific communities for his work in Geology following publication of his work after his five year journey aboard the Beagle.
He is one of only five non-royals to be honored with a state funeral and buried at Westminster Abbey.

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Does anyone know any "really" interesting facts about charles darwin?

I'm doing a project on Charles Darwin, but i don't have any interesting facts, all my facts sound dull and i guess everyone else have that also , so.. please help, thanks ^^

Try looking up his biography in books---or at least sources that investigate his life in length. the shorter stuff only tells the basic details.

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