Ron Sandland recently wrote about the new phenomenon of 'big data' - weighing up the benefits and concerns. Terry Speed reflected on the same issue in a talk earlier this year inGothenburg, Sweeden noting that this is nothing new to statisticians. So what's all the fuss about? Here's another take on the 'big data' bandwagon.
A letter published in the February 2010 edition of RSS News (a publication of the Royal Statistical Society) by John Flynn provides another example of how not to help promote the cause of statistics and statisticians.
John Flynn's letter ("Doctor's Advice") can be downloaded here. David Fox's response (which should be read in conjunction with other related articles on this sidebar) is also available (click here to download).