'Big data' is the new buzzword in academic as well as industry circles. Laney (2001) came up with the three Vs that characterize big data - volume, velocity and variety. When talking about big data one is usually referring to a huge volume, in terabytes rather than gigabytes, that is captured either across cross-section or across time or more likely across both i.e. as a panel. However it is the sheer size of the data set that puts big data in an entirely different category requiring a special set of analytical tools and approaches for extracting information and also data storage for future retrieval and analysis.
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