Making sense of big data

Yesterday morning I heard Bob Groves speak at the StatCan conference. His talk was titled, “Towards a Quality Framework for Blends of Designed and Organic Data.” Or, more simply put, survey data and big data. For those who may not know him, Bob has been our most significant evangelist of the total survey error (TSE) […]

Big data in official statistics

I am at a conference in Gatineau, Quebec (just across the river from Ottawa), which is all about big data and official statistics. It is heavily attended by people from national statistical institutes (e.g. US Census, Statistic Netherlands, and Statistics Canada who organized the event) from around the world, all of them eager to find […]

The real value of mobile for MR

Yesterday I bemoaned the MR industry’s bemoaning of the slow uptake of what we used to call “pure mobile” applications. It occurred to me after posting that I had not mentioned arguably the biggest benefit of mobile for MR: it makes a huge portion of the world that has long been unreachable reachable, and without […]

Is mobile dead?

I was at a meeting last week where someone said, “When you talk to the major panel companies about mobile they will privately admit that mobile is dead.” By that he meant that the promise of mobile—in-the-moment, geolocation tracking, etc.—is nowhere near at the scale once predicted. This blog post also is getting some attention, […]