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When Big Data Fails

I forget how long ago, a couple of years maybe?[edit: actually, it was 2009] There was a lot of fanfare and publicity over the Google Flu Trends tool. Essentially, the wizards at Google had identified some search terms about influenza and the frequency by geographic location that these terms were searched. In other words, they mapped where people were most frequently searching in Google about the flu.

Connecting the Dots

I had a boss for a while who, prior to being my boss, was a big muckity-muck in the Department of Motor Vehicles. He was chit chatting near my cubicle with another boss-level person one day about the information culled by the DMV about individuals.

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