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[This chapter represents a short introduction to the book stating its aims and scopes. Indeed, the book aims first of all at defining in a precise, but non-technical way, what we mean with Big Data; secondly, presenting some of the critical issues associated with their use; and finally,...
[This chapter starts with the definition of Big Data in terms of four V’s, namely: Volume, Velocity, Variety and Veridicity. The chapter also presents the idea that Big Data problems could be approached in two different ways using either a “muscular” solution, that is implementing more powerful...
[This chapter defines the philosophical frame of the topic. It starts presenting a short excursus of the statistical-quantitative method through history. It then moves to describe the two main gnoseological approaches: deduction and induction and then describes, in particular, the...
[This chapter is devoted to some important ethical issues connected with the use of Big Data. In particular, it discusses the emergence of a “sixth power” of Big Data (which adds to the traditional definitions contained in Montesquieu’s theory of the separation of powers) and the dangers for...
[This chapter draws some conclusions to the book. In particular, it stresses how the Big Data revolution is imposing to everybody a new empiricism where all individuals have to act as scientists examining sets of data, like the results of a scientific experiment, to take better decisions.]
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