General MBA / Overview

Big Data and Decision Support

Course Description

The goal is to get an overview of big data approaches and applications, and to gain a critical understanding of opportunities and limitations of big data analysis. This should help students to better assess big data analyses and tools for decision support.

  • Look and feel of big data projects
  • How is big data research different from traditional social science research?
  • Big data sources
  • How big is big data?
  • Big in time and space
  • How do Google and Facebook handle big data?
  • Data visualization
  • Text as data
  • What is machine learning?
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Computational limits of big data analysis
  • Methodological limits of big data analysis
  • Ethics and privacy