The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data

Author
Alon Halevy, Peter Norvig, and Fernando Pereira
Year
2009
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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data

Alon Halevy, Peter Norvig, and Fernando Pereira. 2009. (View Paper → )

Sciences that involve human beings rather than elementary particles have proven more resistant to elegant mathematics….But if that’s so, we should stop acting as if our goal is to author extremely elegant theories, and instead embrace complexity and make use of the best ally we have: the unreasonable effectiveness of data.

Even in 2009 it was clear. The authors argue for the importance of leveraging the vast amounts of available data in improving natural language processing and other machine learning applications, suggesting a shift from seeking elegance in models to embracing the complexity and richness of large-scale data.