Anything with a Pattern Can Be Predicted

A well-known boxer introduced the principle of avoiding a punch in an interview:

“It is too late if you try to avoid a punch after seeing the punch. You have to avoid it before it is thrown by watching the timing and rhythm of the opponent’s movement.” In fact, the time to avoid a punch is just 0.16 seconds. It is impossible to avoid it after seeing it. Therefore, one must avoid it based on preceding data of a punch.

Boxers first accumulate opponents’ data as they throw jabs. They gradually recognize opponents’ patterns by analyzing data unconsciously. It is then that they are able to predict a punch and avoid it. It is the same with data analytics. Just as no boxer is without a pattern, no ...

Get Big Data War now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.