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Text and Big Data

Not to get too nostalgic, but in the good old days there was at least a semblance of order when it came to managing and understanding data. Bill Inmon writes that when it comes to text, Hadoop is a storage mechanism – an infrastructure – not a solution for managing text.

Take a look at the world now. There just is no structure to some of the big data types. Or if there is an order, it is well hidden. Really messing things up is the fact that much of big data is in the form of text. And text defies structure. Trying to put text into a standard database management system is like trying to put a really square peg into a really round hole.

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