Asking big questions with ‘big data’

Asking big questions with ‘big data’

‘Big data’ be the latest buzzword in the world of data graphics and visual journalism. The Source have a great post with a real-world example of how to analyse a data set by asking the big questions and finding the story among the noise.

Traditional data journalism techniques are great at finding needles in haystacks, but for that to work you have to have some idea what you’re looking for. In this case, we’re not looking for a single needle in a single haystack—we want to take the entire barn, throw out the 95 percent of hay that doesn’t contain any needles, and leave ourselves with small, needle-filled piles to sort through by hand.

Read the full article at Using Big Data to Ask Big Questions – Learning – Source: An OpenNews project.

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