What makes “Big Data” different from “A Lot” of data

Big Data pertains to any/all of the following

  • Data may be captured at a rapid rate
  • Data may be unstructured, or consists of a variety of structures. In other words, not well suited to a relational database
  • Can’t easily mine the data using SQL. Extracting seems to be better suited to procedural algorithms
  • Does not have to be a lot of data. Could be a few MBs, but it also could be a few petabytes.

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