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To Sample Or Not To Sample… Does It Even Matter?

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 8:30am 1 Comment

So the question is…when do you sample and when do you not?  And does it even matter anymore in the world of big data?  To Sample Or Not To Sample .. Does It Even Matter?

As I’ll lay out here, in most cases today there is no point in wasting energy worrying about it.  As long as a few basic criteria are met, do whatever you prefer.

First, let’s take care of the cases where sampling just won’t work.  If you need to find the top 100 spending customers, you can’t do that with a sample.  You’ll have to look at…


A Telescope That Generates More Data Than the Entire Internet

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 6:00am 2 Comments

There’s a massive telescope on the drawing board that hasn’t even started construction yet, but when it’s finished in 2024,


it’ll generate more data in a single day than the entire Internet. For scientists to ensure they’ll be able to handle all that raw information, they need to start working on new computing technologies now. Fortunately, IBM is on it.

The computing giant is collaborating with ASTRON (the Netherlands Institute of Radio Astronomy) to develop…


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