In This Chapter
Discovering the magic of singular value decomposition
Understanding the difference between factors and components
Matching unknown images to known ones
Automatically retrieving topics from texts
Building a movie recommender system
Big data is defined as a collection of datasets that is so huge that it becomes difficult to process using traditional techniques. The manipulation of big data differentiates statistical problems, which are based on small samples, from data science problems. You typically use traditional statistical techniques on small problems and data science techniques on big problems.
Data may be viewed as big because it consists of many examples, and this is the first kind of big that spontaneously comes to mind. Analyzing a database of millions of customers and interacting with them all simultaneously is really challenging, but that isn’t the only possible perspective of big data.
Another potential view of big data ...