Big Data Definition

Data sets that are too large to be processed easily by standard software.
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The definition of big data refers to groups of data that are so large and unwieldy that regular database management tools have difficulty capturing, storing, sharing and managing the information.
An example of big data is the results from the use of Facebook by its over 800 million active users.

A collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.


Origin of Big Data

  • In 2000, economist Francis X. Diebold published the first version of a paper titled “Big Data Dynamic Factor Models for Macroeconomic Measurement and Forecasting." After being interviewed on his use of the term "big data" by blogger Steve Lohr, Dieblold undertook his own investigation, in which he concluded: “The term Big Data, which spans computer science and statistics/econometrics, probably originated in the lunch-table conversations at Silicon Graphics in the mid-1990s, in which John Mashey figured prominently."

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  • The Wikipedia article cites several sources from 2009 having "big data" in the title, which is when the term seems to have caught on. The same two words can be attested in the 1980s and 1990s, but not in the current sense of the term.

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