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Learning from Data Big and Small — What’s the Shape of Your Data?

(A version of this article was originally published on BigDataRepublic.com in July 2013 — that site no longer exists.) Does discovery depend on the scale of your experiment? In some cases, no! Whether Christopher Columbus sailed with 3 ships or 3000, he still would have found the New World, probably in the same amount of time. In this case, the existence of the Americas is independent of the scale of the exploration resources....