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    Big issues for big data: challenges for critical spatial data analytics

    Brunsdon, Chris and Comber, Alexis (2020) Big issues for big data: challenges for critical spatial data analytics. Journal of Spatial Information Science, 21. pp. 89-98. ISSN 1948-660X

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    In this paper we consider some of the issues of working with big data and big spatial data and highlight the need for an open and critical framework. We focus on a set of challenges underlying the collection and analysis of big data. In particular, we consider 1) inference when working with usually biased big data, challenging the assumed inferential superiority of data with observations, n, approaching N, the population n -> N. We also emphasise 2) the need for analyses that answer questions of practical significance or with greater emphasis on the size of the effect, rather than the truth or falsehood of a statistical statement; 3) the need to accept messiness in your data and to document all operations undertaken on the data because of this, in support of openness and reproducibility paradigms; and 4) the need to explicitly seek to understand the causes of bias, messiness etc in the data and the inferential consequences of using such data in analyses, by adopting critical approaches to spatial data science. In particular we consider the need to place individual data science studies in a wider social and economic contexts, along with the role of inferential theory in the presence of big data, and issues relating to messiness and complexity in big data.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright (c) 2020 Chris Brunsdon, Alexis Comber. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
    Keywords: big data; inference; CDS; messy data; network data;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > National Centre for Geocomputation, NCG
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 14713
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    Depositing User: Prof. Chris Brunsdon
    Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2021 15:35
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Spatial Information Science
    Publisher: University of Maine
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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