Big Data/Small Data

« Back to Glossary Index

These terms describe the size of the collection of information you are working with. There isn’t a precisely agreed upon number at which a dataset becomes “big,” rather than small — but it might help to think in terms of how much info you can deal with just by using memory and notes. A dataset of 50 items is manageable, and arguably small data. A dataset of 500 items is not; and a dataset involving 5,000 items can’t be effectively and quickly managed without a computer. If you’re testing or building a new tool, starting with a small dataset is usually a good idea, so that you can check for accuracy.

« Back to Glossary Index
Add Comment Register

Post a comment

You may use the following HTML:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>