Archives for September 2013

Big data: good for business, threat to democracy?

The phenomenon widely referred to as Big Data may be good for business, I also see some of its applications as a potential threat to individual freedom and democracy. With the vast amount of data and metadata that some governmental agencies actively collect or have access to, this should be a cause of concern.

Smart models start small

There is only one good way to build large-size or complex optimization models: to start by a small model and adding elements gradually until you get the model you wanted in the first place. I have seen so many people (including myself) try to build large-size, complex models from scratch, only to spend countless frustrating […]