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December 08, 2011

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a) What's so wrong with storing data and no immediate plans of how to use it? Storage, even of petabytes, is cheap.

b) The entire reason we use R is so that intelligence and creativity drive the analysis, not BI templates. Ask any psychometrician, econometrician, or statistician what's wrong with people just pushing buttons in SAS.

The most agile solution to this problem is agile thinkers.

-- what's wrong with people just pushing buttons in SAS.

If you're lucky. The most used "analysis" program, according to some studies at least, is Excel. As to the irrelevance of Big Data's Bigness, read Janert's book, "Data Analysis with Open Source Tools". Having access to population data isn't necessarily superior to intelligent sampling.

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