Scaling Data Science: Dream Big, Start Medium-ish

Meetup Recap  |  August 11th, 2016 On July 13th we welcomed the Open Data Science Conference meetup series to our HQ for the second time. ODSC believes that open source software (OSS) principles can accelerate data science knowledge, and we think pretty highly of OSS here at SVDS. We’ll be at ODSC’s next conference this November in Santa Clara. How much data do you have? This meetup featured a talk by Dr. Brian Spiering, of Galvanize1. His thesis is that you probably don’t have big data, so don’t invite headaches. What does “big data” mean here, though? Spiering presented a simplified definition: “It doesn’t fit on a single machine.” While clearly an oversimplification (we still remember cluster computing), for a data scientist used to single-machine computing, it’s a simple metric to help…


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