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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (7 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007494432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007494439
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The best book that I've read on data in years, perhaps ever. If you want to understand how data is affecting the present and what it portends for the future, buy it now’ Huffington Post

‘A fun, visual book – and a necessary one at that’ Max Wallis, Independent, Books of the Year

‘Fascinating, funny, and occasionally howl-inducing … [Rudder] is a quant with soul, and we’re lucky to have him’ Elle

‘Most data-hyping books are vapour and slogans. This one has the real stuff: actual data and actual analysis taking place on the page. That’s something to be praised, loudly and at length. Praiseworthy, too, is Rudder’s writing, which is consistently zingy and mercifully free of Silicon Valley business gabble’ Washington Post

‘Dataclysm is a well-written and funny look at what the numbers reveal about human behavior in the age of social media. It’s both profound and a bit disturbing, because, sad to say, we’re generally not the kind of people we like to think ― or say ― we are’ Salon

‘There's another side of Big Data you haven't seen … It's the big data that rears its ugly head and tells us what we don't want to know. And that, as Christian Rudder demonstrates in his new book, Dataclysm, is perhaps an equally worthwhile pursuit. Before we heighten the human experience, we should understand it first’ TIME

About the Author

Christian Rudder is co-founder of OkCupid and now serves as chief data analyst and author of the popular blog OkTrends. He graduated from Harvard in 1998 with degrees in English and math, and served as creative director for SparkNotes. His work has been written about in the New York Times and the New Yorker, among other places. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.


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This nearly got 5 stars - It was a fascinating read.
Rudder cuts his data through gender, race and orientation to provide really interesting findings about how we act when behind an anonymous online veil. I don't buy all the hypotheses he uses to explain them, but that is fine, the data is interesting enough the way he sheds light on it. I read it on Kindle - and this is where it loses a mark - it obviously was better on Ipad kindle for the graphs and charts he uses, I can live with that. But when I got to 67% through the book and find endnotes, bibliography, index taking up a third somehow I felt a little short-changed. It is fascinating but I wanted more!
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An extremely interesting scientific yet readable analysis of the behaviour, interests and motivations of different types of people, based on data mainly from dating sites.

My only criticism is, this is very much an American book and says almost nothing about other countries. (Hence for example there is rather a lot of discussion of US racial demographics.) That said most of the conclusions apply equally to the UK and elsewhere.
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Incredible. A great book -- in the sense of having valuable insights. If you are into the Humanities -- read it. If you are into hard science -- read it. If you are a human being -- read it. The author is witty and wise. He has a terrifically sly sense of humour. Best book I have read in years. Outstanding. It will be IMPOSSIBLE to regret buying this book, I honestly assure you.
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A really fun book with brilliant insight that lets you see the world in a slightly different way. A great gift for any data analysts in your life, or anyone who loves quirky non fiction books.

The only reason I knocked a star off is the writing style - be prepared for a highly casual tone and explanations that are often lengthier than necessary.
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A super book that properly opens the door onto big data, noting that Rutter's website is dealing with a vast population in search of each other. He drags in stuff from other sites as well, and this is a great practical introduction to the potential of using large data sets to determine long-standing arguments.
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Love this book. The idea behind it – using the actions and stories of everyday anonymous people to change how we record history and culture – is ambitious but this is a great beginning.

In addition to being entertaining, it's given me lots of anecdotes to use with others :)
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It's a nice book with interesting observations (no real revelations) on a good set of data. It's well put together but beware with the kindle edition: the graphics are mostly lost on it and not optimised at all, the printed book is a much better version.
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