Recent Critiques of Big Data: Small Bibliography

A collection of some recent critiques of Big Data. No attempt has been made to be comprehensive. Suggestions for additions should be sent to Ernest Davis at .

Full disclosure: I think I found one of these from a Facebook recommendation, and a few of these were found using Google search, but actually only a few. The vast majority came to my attention from periodicals, blogs, and newsletters I subscribe to, or word of mouth, plus following links.

General Critiques

Social and legal critiques

Social Media


Google Flu Trends

The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems --- And Create More by Luke Dormehl

Who's Bigger? by Steven Skiena and Charlew Ward

Citation counts and Impact Factors

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread --- The Lessons from a New Science by Sandy Pentland

Evidence-Based Sentencing

White House Report

The Signal and The Noise by Nate Silver

Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

The Facebook Mood Manipulation Experiment

This has generated an immense literature of responses in a very short time. A very extensive bibliography is here: I list below only a comparative few that I read and thought interesting.

Social Media Manipulating Elections