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


Science and Big Data

Google Flu Trends

Citation counts and Impact Factors

Evidence-Based Sentencing

White House Report

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

Health Surveillance

Book Reviews

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

Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information by Frank Pasquale

An extremely fine book. Also, there is a wealth of further references in the footnotes.

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

The Signal and The Noise by Nate Silver

Who's Bigger? by Steven Skiena and Charlew Ward