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Big Data: Does Size Matter? (Bloomsbury Sigma) Paperback – 29 Jun 2017
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A superb explanation of how we got to today. (Evening Standard)
Harkness has the perfect combination of wit, charm and statistical insight to crunch big data. It's the book about stats, life and big data we've all been waiting for. (Matt Parker, Stand-up Mathematician)
Harkness raises some very big questions indeed, not just about the grandiose claims of the big data evangelists, but also about how in the age of universal surveillance we can defend the concept of privacy. (The Herald)
A wonderful collection of fascinating data stories, all told in Timandra's smart and chatty style. But this book also asks the important questions. If big data brings new opportunities, just what are the implications? (Hannah Fry, author and mathematician)
A brilliant guide to our brave new world. (Brian Clegg)
This book is a great read - full of interesting stories and fun interviews. But it is not just another credulous tale of technological wonders - Harkness is suitably sceptical of the hype about data analytics, and serious about the challenges is brings. (David Spiegelhalter, author and mathematician)
What is Big Data, and why should you care? This book tells you everything you need to know (and plenty of stuff you don't)See all Product description
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A lot of my work is in Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and IoT - but I still learnt a lot by reading this book as well as being given much food for thought. I would recommend it to pretty much anyone that's ever used a smartphone or social media (i.e. nearly everyone), even if only to see how you fit into the machine that is Big Data.
At least one of these two, and along with many other questions you didn't really expect to get answers for, will be provided.
Full disclosure: I knew I was going to like this book even before I knew what it was (really) about. I knew this because I was already familiar with Harkness' knack for seeing the outsider's point of view even when she's an insider. Is an insider in statistics an outsider everywhere else? In Harkness' case this is certainly true, but I'm going to say that Timandra Harkness is an outsider everywhere, to her own benefit, but also to that of her readers.
"Big" Data may well be the topic of the moment, but Harkness is not in the business of making a quick buck off a buzzword—though I sincerely hope she does; this book needs to be read—Big Data: Does Size Matter addresses the question at the heart of our fascination with, and our hopes for, research through data: will it fulfill the promise? can it deliver unprecedented insight in theoretical research and practical applications?
Through case studies and examples, argument and analogy, she reveals the workings, use and abuses of Data. Where it's invaluable; where it's useless.
I don't want to delve into the philosophy. I'd rather you discover it, along with the tea, whiskey, and Harkness' sense of humour which veers from wry to mischievous before backing ironically to laconic. And footnotes. Of which, in my opinion, there are not nearly enough.
Big Data: Does Size Matter is the educational and informative read you need it to be. It's also a human book - a book about people. And it's also strangely optimistic... which was the part I needed.
Don't let my three star rating deter you if this is your first encounter with Big Data, but if you have done any coding like my myself then I suspect you may be somewhat disappointed by the lack of technical detail.
Great variety of insights across multiple areas of expertise, making a complex issue easier to grasp with an easy humour, clarity of writing and appreciation that humanity is still at the centre.
Would like to come back to it in 10 years and hopefully still find the fundamental questions t asks and offers answers to are still relevant.