A revelatory exploration of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large. Which paint color is most likely to tell you that a used car is in good shape? How can officials identify the most dangerous New York City manholes before they explode? And how did Google searches predict the spread of the H1N1 flu outbreak? The key to answering these questions, and many more, is big data. “Big data” refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. This emerging science can translate myriad phenomena—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable form, and uses our increasing computing power to unearth epiphanies that we never could have seen before. A revolution on par with the Internet or perhaps even the printing press, big data will change the way we think about business, health, politics, education, and innovation in the years to come. It also poses fresh threats, from the inevitable end of privacy as we know it to the prospect of being penalized for things we haven’t even done yet, based on big data’s ability to predict our future behavior. In this brilliantly clear, often surprising work, two leading experts explain what big data is, how it will change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. Big Data is the first big book about the next big thing. www.big-data-book.com
This revelatory exploration of big data, which refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly and draw profound and surprising conclusions from it, discusses how it will change our lives and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. 75,000 first printing.
New and expanded edition. An International Bestseller - Over One Million Copies Sold! Shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Since Aristotle, we have fought to understand the causes behind everything. But this ideology is fading. In the age of big data, we can crunch an incomprehensible amount of information, providing us with invaluable insights about the what rather than the why. We're just starting to reap the benefits: tracking vital signs to foresee deadly infections, predicting building fires, anticipating the best moment to buy a plane ticket, seeing inflation in real time and monitoring social media in order to identify trends. But there is a dark side to big data. Will it be machines, rather than people, that make the decisions? How do you regulate an algorithm? What will happen to privacy? Will individuals be punished for acts they have yet to commit? In this groundbreaking and fascinating book, two of the world's most-respected data experts reveal the reality of a big data world and outline clear and actionable steps that will equip the reader with the tools needed for this next phase of human evolution.
Big Data in Practice
Machine generated contents note: Introduction 1 Walmart: How Big Data Is Used To Drive Supermarket Performance 2 CERN: Unravelling the Secrets of the Universe with Big Data 3 Netflix: How Netflix Used Big Data to Give Us the Programmes We Want 4 Rolls-Royce: How Big Data Is Used To Drive Success In Manufacturing 5 Shell: How Big Oil Uses Big Data 6 Apixio: How Big Data Is Transforming Healthcare 7 Lotus F1 Team: How Big Data Is Essential To The Success Of Motorsport Teams 8 Pendleton & Son Butchers: Big Data for Small Business 9 US Olympic Women's Cycling Team: How Big Data Analytics Is Used To Optimize Athletes' Performance 10 ZSL: Big Data In The Zoo And To Protect Animals 11 Facebook: How Facebook Use Big Data to Understand Customers 12 John Deere: How Big Data Can Be Applied On Farms 13 Royal Bank of Scotland: Using Big Data to Make Customer Service More Personal 14 LinkedIn: How Big Data Is Used To Fuel Social Media Success 15 Microsoft: Bringing Big Data To The Masses 16 Acxiom: Fuelling Marketing With Big Data 17 US Immigration and Customs: How Big Data Is Used To Keep Passengers Safe and Prevent Terrorism 18 Nest: Bringing the Internet of Things into The Home 19 GE: How Big Data Is Fuelling the Industrial Internet 20 Etsy: How Big Data Is Used In A Crafty Way 21 Narrative Science: How Big Data Is Used To Tell Stories 22 BBC: How Big Data Is Used In The Media 23 Milton Keynes: How Big Data Is Used To Create Smarter Cities 24 Palantir: How Big Data Is Used To Help The CIA And To Detect Bombs In Afghanistan 25 Airbnb: How Big Data Is Used To Disrupt the Hospitality Industry 26 Sprint: Profiling Audiences Using Mobile Network Data 27 Dickey's Barbecue Pit: How Big Data Is Used to Gain Performance Insights Into One Of America's Most Successful Restaurant Chains 28 Caesars: Big Data At The Casino 29 Fitbit: Big Data In The Personal Fitness Arena 30 Ralph Lauren: Big Data In The Fashion Industry 31 Zynga: Big Data In The Gaming Industry 32 Autodesk: How Big Data Is Transforming The Software Industry 33 Walt Disney Parks and Resorts: How Big Data Is Transforming Our Family Holidays 34 Experian: Using Big Data To Make Lending Decisions And To Crack Down On Identity Fraud 35 Transport for London: How Big Data Is Used To Improve And Manage Public Transport In London 36 The US Government: Using Big Data To Run A Country 37 IBM Watson: Teaching Computers To Understand And Learn 38 Google: How Big Data Is At The Heart Of Google's Business Model 39 Terra Seismic: Using Big Data To Predict Earthquakes 40 Apple: How Big Data Is At The Centre Of Their Business 41 Twitter: How Twitter And IBM Deliver Customer Insights From Big Data 42 Uber: How Big Data Is At The Centre Of Uber's Transportation Business 43 Electronic Arts: Big Data In Video Gaming 44 Kaggle: Crowdsourcing Your Data Scientist 45 Amazon: How Predictive Analytics Are Used To Get A 360-Degree View Of Consumers Final Thoughts About the Author Acknowledgements Index
Convert the promise of big data into real world results There is so much buzz around big data. We all need to know what it is and how it works - that much is obvious. But is a basic understanding of the theory enough to hold your own in strategy meetings? Probably. But what will set you apart from the rest is actually knowing how to USE big data to get solid, real-world business results - and putting that in place to improve performance. Big Data will give you a clear understanding, blueprint, and step-by-step approach to building your own big data strategy. This is a well-needed practical introduction to actually putting the topic into practice. Illustrated with numerous real-world examples from a cross section of companies and organisations, Big Data will take you through the five steps of the SMART model: Start with Strategy, Measure Metrics and Data, Apply Analytics, Report Results, Transform. Discusses how companies need to clearly define what it is they need to know Outlines how companies can collect relevant data and measure the metrics that will help them answer their most important business questions Addresses how the results of big data analytics can be visualised and communicated to ensure key decisions-makers understand them Includes many high-profile case studies from the author's work with some of the world's best known brands
Handbook of Big Data
Handbook of Big Data provides a state-of-the-art overview of the analysis of large-scale datasets. Featuring contributions from well-known experts in statistics and computer science, this handbook presents a carefully curated collection of techniques from both industry and academia. Thus, the text instills a working understanding of key statistical and computing ideas that can be readily applied in research and practice. Offering balanced coverage of methodology, theory, and applications, this handbook: Describes modern, scalable approaches for analyzing increasingly large datasets Defines the underlying concepts of the available analytical tools and techniques Details intercommunity advances in computational statistics and machine learning Handbook of Big Data also identifies areas in need of further development, encouraging greater communication and collaboration between researchers in big data sub-specialties such as genomics, computational biology, and finance.
Big Data Analytics
Unique insights to implement big data analytics and reap big returns to your bottom line Focusing on the business and financial value of big data analytics, respected technology journalist Frank J. Ohlhorst shares his insights on the newly emerging field of big data analytics in Big Data Analytics. This breakthrough book demonstrates the importance of analytics, defines the processes, highlights the tangible and intangible values and discusses how you can turn a business liability into actionable material that can be used to redefine markets, improve profits and identify new business opportunities. Reveals big data analytics as the next wave for businesses looking for competitive advantage Takes an in-depth look at the financial value of big data analytics Offers tools and best practices for working with big data Once the domain of large on-line retailers such as eBay and Amazon, big data is now accessible by businesses of all sizes and across industries. From how to mine the data your company collects, to the data that is available on the outside, Big Data Analytics shows how you can leverage big data into a key component in your business's growth strategy.
Planning for Big Data
In an age where everything is measurable, understanding big data is an essential. From creating new data-driven products through to increasing operational efficiency, big data has the potential to make your organization both more competitive and more innovative. As this emerging field transitions from the bleeding edge to enterprise infrastructure, it's vital to understand not only the technologies involved, but the organizational and cultural demands of being data-driven. Written by O'Reilly Radar's experts on big data, this anthology describes: The broad industry changes heralded by the big data era What big data is, what it means to your business, and how to start solving data problems The software that makes up the Hadoop big data stack, and the major enterprise vendors' Hadoop solutions The landscape of NoSQL databases and their relative merits How visualization plays an important part in data work
Analytics for Insurance
The business guide to Big Data in insurance, with practical application insight Big Data and Analytics for Insurers is the industry-specific guide to creating operational effectiveness, managing risk, improving financials, and retaining customers. Written from a non-IT perspective, this book focusses less on the architecture and technical details, instead providing practical guidance on translating analytics into target delivery. The discussion examines implementation, interpretation, and application to show you what Big Data can do for your business, with insights and examples targeted specifically to the insurance industry. From fraud analytics in claims management, to customer analytics, to risk analytics in Solvency 2, comprehensive coverage presented in accessible language makes this guide an invaluable resource for any insurance professional. The insurance industry is heavily dependent on data, and the advent of Big Data and analytics represents a major advance with tremendous potential – yet clear, practical advice on the business side of analytics is lacking. This book fills the void with concrete information on using Big Data in the context of day-to-day insurance operations and strategy. Understand what Big Data is and what it can do Delve into Big Data's specific impact on the insurance industry Learn how advanced analytics can revolutionise the industry Bring Big Data out of IT and into strategy, management, marketing, and more Big Data and analytics is changing business – but how? The majority of Big Data guides discuss data collection, database administration, advanced analytics, and the power of Big Data – but what do you actually do with it? Big Data and Analytics for Insurers answers your questions in real, everyday business terms, tailored specifically to the insurance industry's unique needs, challenges, and targets.
Big Data and Hadoop
This book introduces you to the Big Data processing techniques addressing but not limited to various BI (business intelligence) requirements, such as reporting, batch analytics, online analytical processing (OLAP), data mining and Warehousing, and predictive analytics. The book has been written on IBMs Platform of Hadoop framework. IBM Infosphere BigInsight has the highest amount of tutorial matter available free of cost on Internet which makes it easy to acquire proficiency in this technique. This therefore becomes highly vunerable coaching materials in easy to learn steps. The book optimally provides the courseware as per MCA and M. Tech Level Syllabi of most of the Universities. All components of big Data Platform like Jaql, Hive Pig, Sqoop, Flume , Hadoop Streaming, Oozie: HBase, HDFS, FlumeNG, Whirr, Cloudera, Fuse , Zookeeper and Mahout: Machine learning for Hadoop has been discussed in sufficient Detail with hands on Exercises on each.