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A casualty of the data deluge Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
"Google’s founding philosophy is that we don’t know why this page is better than that one: If the statistics of incoming links say it is, that’s good enough. No semantic or causal analysis is required. That’s why Google can translate languages without actually 'knowing' them (given equal corpus data, Google can translate Klingon into Farsi as easily as it can translate French into German). And why it can match ads to content without any knowledge or assumptions about the ads or the content.

Speaking at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference this past March, Peter Norvig, Google’s research director, offered an update to George Box’s maxim: 'All models are wrong, and increasingly you can succeed without them.'"

Chris Anderson, "The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete," Wired
 
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