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Analyzing data

KEY DATES

1995 US company Netscape Communications Corporation develops Internet cookies.

1997 NASA scientists Michael Cox and David Ellsworth devise the term “big data” to describe the challenge of processing and visualizing the vast amounts of information generated by supercomputers.

2000 Francis X. Diebold, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, publishes his paper Big data, dynamic factor models for macroeconomic measurement and forecasting.

2012 Barack Obama’s team uses “big data” to get him reelected to the White House.

2013 US whistle-blower Edward Snowden reveals that the National Security Agency was authorized ...

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