Big data is essentially the computational analysis of very large data sets to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. The popularity of the Web and Internet commerce provides many extremely large datasets from which information can be gleaned by data mining. Consequently, there is considerable investment in big data by the private sector. However, it is also useful for many Government entities, INGOs, and businesses.
To support wider engagement in big data analytics the Cambridge University Press with the agreement of Stanford University and the Authors have made available a free e-copy of the book ‘The Mining of Massive Datasets’.