Know when your big data is telling big lies

Data scientists use statistical analysis tools to find non-obvious patterns in deep data. But they know the universe is full of spurious correlations. Big data simply intensifies the problem.

Because, as the range of sources and the diversity of predictors continues to grow, the number of relationships that can potentially be modeled begins to approach infinity. As David G. Young pointed out, “predictive variables sometimes aren’t ….We’ve all seen variable interactions that change the significance, curvature, and even the sign of an important predictor.”

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