State of Data #114

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Milton Friedman’s Thermostat (or, why we need to be very careful of correlations)

‘you were a passenger in a car watching the driver trying to keep a constant speed on a hilly road. You would see the gas pedal going up and down. You would see the car going downhill and uphill. But if the driver were skilled, and the car powerful enough, you would see the speed stay constant.

So, if you were simply looking at this particular “data generating process”, you could easily conclude: “Look! The position of the gas pedal has no effect on the speed!”



FaceBook has about 180K servers, Google about 1M. How to estimate number of servers from a company’s energy consumption data


Big Data

Changing Panorama of Data (Martin Fowler)

“big data” is when the size of the data itself becomes part of the problem


Data Science

ggplot2 basics



Paper on ‘FunSQL: It is time to make SQL functional’



Amazon has changed 1B people’s purchases; Google has changed 1B people’s information access; Facebook has changed 1B people’s identity.

If you get access to ALL the data in the world, what would you do? “Dinner with Data” (courtesy: The Stanford Alumni Club of Shanghai) discusses.


Slides from a Great talk on Data Quality from Deep Web (AT&T Research)



Interaction Design for Data Visualization




About Nilendu Misra
I love to learn, create and coach. Things that I do well are - Communicating ideas - verbally or through words and diagrams; Problem Solving - Logical or Abstract; Very Large Scale Systems; think about 'Frighteningly Simple' approach first. Things that I intend to do better are - Establishing Stringent Process; Exchanging Tough Feedback; Keeping up with my reading or To-Do list to be able to completely relax.

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