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Big Data: Don’t Let the Billions of Data Points Blind You to the Problem of Too Few Sources to Check the Results

April 21, 2014, Zeynep Tufekci

Many policy makers are interested in the potential of big data to provide answers to questions that appear otherwise out-of-reach. Zeynep Tufecki explores these structural issues about social media big data including what I term the “model organism” problem:  when big data sources are too few, and when structural biases of these too few sources cannot be adequately explored.

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