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Upcoming Presentations

March 2020

Meeting Details  
Date March 17, 2020
Time 18:00
Location Virtual
Parking None

Big Data Hubris: Limitations in Aggregating Uber and Google Data

By Thomas Weinandy, Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Economics at Western Michigan University

Big data hubris is the belief that big data sets are a substitute for, rather than a supplement to, traditional data collection and analysis. Thomas will share how his understanding of big data has evolved during his economics research and why 273 million Uber trips is not considered “big” enough. He will also discuss lessons learned from the rise and fall of Google Flu Trends.