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Extreme Data Compression in Decision Making


A fable about the use of Big Data in human institutions.

Carlos Bueno, December 2016

The fundamental strategy for dealing with large amounts of data was compression. Huge streams of numbers were converted by various clever tricks into streams tiny enough for humans to handle, who then decided what to do. If you really think about it … the entire purpose of data-driven decision-making is to compress ungodly infinitudes of numbers down to a single bit of decision: yes or no. …

The Hyperlogloglog was the size of a small housepet and was modeled on the human brain. It was capable of handling unlimited amounts of input data via the simple technique of immediately throwing it away.

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018