With this book, managers and decision makers are given the tools to make more informed decisions about big data purchasing initiatives. Big Data Analytics: A Practical Guide for Managers not only supplies descriptions of common tools, but also surveys the various products and vendors that supply the big data market.
Comparing and contrasting the different types of analysis commonly conducted with big data, this accessible reference presents clear-cut explanations of the general workings of big data tools. Instead of spending time on HOW to install specific packages, it focuses on the reasons WHY readers would install a given package.
The book provides authoritative guidance on a range of tools, including open source and proprietary systems. It details the strengths and weaknesses of incorporating big data analysis into decision-making and explains how to leverage the strengths while mitigating the weaknesses.
- Describes the benefits of distributed computing in simple terms
- Includes substantial vendor/tool material, especially for open source decisions
- Covers prominent software packages, including Hadoop and Oracle Endeca
- Examines GIS and machine learning applications
- Considers privacy and surveillance issues
The book further explores basic statistical concepts that, when misapplied, can be the source of errors. Time and again, big data is treated as an oracle that discovers results nobody would have imagined. While big data can serve this valuable function, all too often these results are incorrect, yet are still reported unquestioningly. The probability of having erroneous results increases as a larger number of variables are compared unless preventative measures are taken.
The approach taken by the authors is to explain these concepts so managers can ask better questions of their analysts and vendors as to the appropriateness of the methods used to arrive at a conclusion. Because the world of science and medicine has been grappling with similar issues in the publication of studies, the authors draw on their efforts and apply them to big data.
Table of Contents
So What Is Big Data?
Growing Interest in Decision Making
What This Book Addresses
The Conversation about Big Data
Technological Change as a Driver of Big Data
The Central Question: So What?
Our Goals as Authors
The Mother of Invention’s Triplets: Moore’s Law, the Proliferation of Data, and Data Storage Technology
Parallel Computing, Between and Within Machines
Recap of Growth in Computing Power
Storage, Storage Everywhere
Grist for the Mill: Data Used and Unused
Marketing in the Physical World
Asset Reliability and Efficiency
Process Tracking and Automation
Toward a Definition of Big Data
Putting Big Data in Context
Key Concepts of Big Data and Their Consequences
Power through Distribution
Cost Effectiveness of Hadoop
Not Every Problem Is a Nail
Some Technical Aspects
Hadoop File System
Pig and Hive
Current Hadoop Ecosystem
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
To Run Pig Latin Using Powershell
HBase and Other Big Data Databases
Evolution from Flat File to the Three V’s
Transition to Big Data Databases
What Is Different bbout HBase?
What Is Bigtable?
What Is MapReduce?
What Are the Various Modalities for Big Data Databases?
How Does a Graph Database Work?
What is the Performance of a Graph Database?
Machine Learning Basics
Classifying with Nearest Neighbors
Support Vector Machines
Improving Classification with Adaptive Boosting
Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
Singular Value Decomposition
Big Data and MapReduce
Statistics, Statistics Everywhere
Digging into the Data
Standard Deviation: The Standard Measure of Dispersion
The Power of Shapes: Distributions
Distributions: Gaussian Curve
Distributions: Why Be Normal?
Distributions: The Long Arm of the Power Law
The Upshot? Statistics Are not Bloodless
Fooling Ourselves: Seeing What We Want to See in the Data
We Can Learn Much from an Octopus
Hypothesis Testing: Seeking a Verdict
Hypothesis Testing: A Broad Field
Moving on to Specific Hypothesis Tests
Regression and Correlation
p Value in Hypothesis Testing: A Successful Gatekeeper?
Specious Correlations and Overfitting the Data
A Sample of Common Statistical Software Packages
Big Data Analytics
Big Data Giants
Google Product Offerings
Advertising and Campaign Performance
Analysis and Testing
Non-United States Social Media
Ranking Network Sites
Negative Issues with Social Networks
Some Final Words
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
A GIS Example
Faceted Search versus Strict Taxonomy
First Key Ability: Breaking Down Barriers
Second Key Ability: Flexible Search and Navigation
Know Thy Data and Thyself
Structured, Unstructured, and Semistructured Data
Data Inconsistency: An Example from This Book
The Black Swan and Incomplete Data
How Data Can Fool Us
Aging of Data or Variables
Missing Variables May Change the Meaning
Inconsistent Use of Units and Terminology
Data as a Video, Not a Snapshot: Different Viewpoints as a Noise Filter
What Is My Toolkit for Improving My Data?
Force Field Analysis
Troubleshooting Queries from Source Data
Troubleshooting Data Quality beyond the Source System
Using Our Hidden Resources
Converting Data Dreck to Usefulness
Geographical Information Systems
New York City
Tucson, Arizona, University of Arizona, and COPLINK
General Educational Data
Grades and other Indicators
Addresses, Phone Numbers, and More
Part Two: Basic Principles of National Application
Collection Limitation Principle
Data Quality Principle
Purpose Specification Principle
Use Limitation Principle
Security Safeguards Principle
Individual Participation Principle
Affirming the Consequent
Denying the Antecedent
Consistency and Hindsight Biases
Von Restorff Effect
Converting Data Dreck to Usefulness Sales
Making Yourself Harder to Track
Michael Porter’s Five Forces Model
Bargaining Power of Customers
Bargaining Power of Suppliers
Threat of New Entrants
The OODA Loop
Implementing Big Data
Nonlinear, Qualitative Thinking
Kim H. Pries has four college degrees: a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), a bachelor of science in metallurgical engineering from UTEP, a master of science in engineering from UTEP, and a master of science in metallurgical engineering and materials science from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Pries worked as a computer systems manager, a software engineer for an electrical utility, and a scientific programmer under a defense contract for Stoneridge, Incorporated (SRI). He has worked as software manager, engineering services manager, reliability section manager, and product integrity and reliability director.
In addition to his other responsibilities, Pries has provided Six Sigma training for both UTEP and SRI and cost reduction initiatives for SRI. Pries is also a founding faculty member of Practical Project Management. Additionally, in concert with Jon Quigley, Pries was a cofounder and principal with Value Transformation, LLC, a training, testing, cost improvement, and product development consultancy.
He trained for Introduction to Engineering Design and Computer Science and Software Engineering with Project Lead the Way. He currently teaches biotechnology, computer science and software engineering, and introduction to engineering design at the beautiful Parkland High School in the Ysleta Independent School District of El Paso, Texas.
Robert Dunnigan is a manager with Janus Consulting Partners and is based in Dallas, Texas. He holds a bachelor of science in psychology and in sociology with an anthropology emphasis from North Dakota State University. He also holds a master of business administration from INSEAD, "the business school for the world," where he attended the Singapore campus.
As a Peace Corps volunteer, Robert served over 3 years in Honduras developing agribusiness opportunities. As a consultant, he later worked on the Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development project in Afghanistan, where he traveled the country with his Afghan colleagues and friends seeking opportunities to develop a manufacturing sector in the country.
Robert is an American Society for Quality–certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Scrum Alliance–certified Scrum Master.