Big data refers to high-volume data sets with unknown statistical properties that come from a wide array of data types and sources. Examples of such data include information mined from administrative data systems, social media, and mobile devices. Big data is often defined in terms of volume (scale of data), variety (different forms of data), velocity (analysis of streaming data) and veracity (uncertainty of data).
AIR is developing new approaches to combining, manipulating, and understanding big data. We're also looking at how big data analytics can help answer questions critical to solving issues in education, workforce, health, and human and social development.