Big Data

Big Data, while also the name of an American electronic music group, is a field of study dedicated towards examining ways of analyzing and extracting information from a set of data that is too large to be analyzed using the more traditional, old-fashioned methods of analysis. As the world has become more and more technologically advanced, all of us as a people have suddenly been given access to more information than any human being could ever sift through and attempt to make sense of. In every field of study, from microbiology to sociology, people now have at their fingertips an unbelievable amount of information to sort through. The various types of software programs that are commonly used when dealing with smaller data sets are simply not equipped to deal with such massive amounts of data. When it has been said that they are not equipped to deal with such massive amounts of data, what is really meant is that the amount of time it would take them to perform the task would be unacceptably large, and subsequently that the information extracted would not be worth the time and energy. See, the term ‘Big Data’ doesn’t just refer to very large amounts of information being analyzed, but sometimes also the sheer value of the analysis being performed rather than the size of the data set. The difficulties implicit with accomplishing tasks like this are easy to underestimate, especially a layman. But because of just how many different areas of life this …