Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Between the greenness of the grass and the grip of the big data

Drowning in the Data Deluge - by George E. Andrews (written version of the author's 2012 AMS Retiring Presidential Address). Excellent analysis, definitely a must read. My favorite passage (possibly because it might be read in a phenomenological key):
We are no longer able to assert merely that "Grass in green!" Instead we must add something like:
A team of Harvard scientists has studied 9328 blades of grass from 37 randomly selected countries. They measured the wave length of light emanating from each blade when placed in the noonday sun in Harvard Yard. 98.32% produced light of wave length between 520 and 570 nanometers which is the accepted standard measure for green as certi ed by the International Bureau of Standards.