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May 9, 2013

More Data Isn't Always Better, Says Nate Silver

Computerworld — Big data may seem to promise big insights to users, but more isn't always better, cautions statistician Nate Silver, who became one of America's most well-known faces of data analysis after his FiveThirtyEight blog accurately predicted 2012 presidential election results in all 50 states.

The more data there is, "the more people can cherry pick" data points that confirm what they want it to show, he said.

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http://www.cio.com/article/733061/More_Data_Isn_t_Always_Better_Says_Nate_Silver