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It’s a small world, maybe, but it sure contains a lot of data. MIT Professor Ronitt Rubinfeld cited the small-world phenomenon in her presentation as part of the online course “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” which runs through March 17. She asked, “What can you possibly hope to say about data that you can’t even view?” Six Degrees of Separation is a play and a movie , but how can we tell if the premise holds in the real world? The data we would need to answer that question, Rubinfeld said, is really big data, some of it is inaccessible, and what you can access may change after you’ve accessed it. Somebody could die, or somebody could be born. A linear time algorithm is the gold standard of undergraduate education, she said, but it may be inadequate for big data problems. We cannot know exactly how many people exhibit the six degrees of separation property. This is n...

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