‘Big Data’ won’t replace govt statistics

WHILE the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) recognizes that “Big Data” is here to stay, the agency says it will not be enough to replace official data used in government planning and policy-making.

In his StatFocus online column, NSCB Secretary- General Jose Ramon Albert said Big Data, which comes in big volumes and produced at “high velocity” through databases, is still wrought with privacy issues.

Nonetheless, Albert said this does not mean that the Philippine Statitistical System (PSS) should not use Big Data. He said the PSS could be more forward- looking and open to using Big Data.

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