Sunday, 27 January 2013

Big data, language and the death of the theorist


"I always joke, to paraphrase the great Indiana Jones," Leetaru says, "that big data is about finding patterns, not truth -- if it's truth you're after, the philosophy department's down the hallway."

Believe it or not, some people even think we can forecast the future with big data. Predicting world-changing events is a possibility, some claim, if you treat society and history like a big data problem. It's how big data analyst Kalev Leetaru found where Osama bin Laden had been hiding, in a way.

More from source Big data, language and the death of the theorist (Wired UK)

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