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These are two of the smartest people I have ever met. But neither lets us know with clarity how they define Big Data. Seems like Mark defines Big Data as: that thing I don't understand but that everyone is talking about so they are missing the importance of analysis. Lewis, meanwhile, seems to define Big Data as: Data, same as when the IC was formed, having data is good and big data is nothing but data.

Well, there are more precise definitions. You can start with the one in Wikipedia, or can use the one TechAmerica used, they are both really really close to each other. Or you can use the one the White House office of science and technology policy used. It is close to the others too. It might be good to see a rematch of these two with them armed with a definition on what they are supposed to be arguing about.

In closing, a quote from Dan Ariely: Big data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it...