On the Origin(s) and Development of the Term 'Big Data'

8 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2012

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Francis X. Diebold

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: September 21, 2012


I investigate the origins of the now-ubiquitous term ”Big Data," in industry and academics, in computer science and statistics/econometrics. Credit for coining the term must be shared. In particular, John Mashey and others at Silicon Graphics produced highly relevant (unpublished, non-academic) work in the mid-1990s. The first significant academic references (independent of each other and of Silicon Graphics) appear to be Weiss and Indurkhya (1998) in computer science and Diebold (2000) in statistics /econometrics. Douglas Laney of Gartner also produced insightful work (again unpublished and non-academic) slightly later. Big Data the term is now firmly entrenched, Big Data the phenomenon continues unabated, and Big Data the discipline is emerging.

Keywords: Massive data, computing, statistics, econometrics

JEL Classification: C81, C82

Suggested Citation

Diebold, Francis X., On the Origin(s) and Development of the Term 'Big Data' (September 21, 2012). PIER Working Paper No. 12-037, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2152421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2152421

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