The Speculist is musing on a question posed by Chris Anderson, on whether petabyte computation obviates the need for theoretical development.
Now, I’m, as my twin points out, not an analyst, but I DO a lot of work in theory (often reaching wayyy out into heresyland), in areas where such computational ability is of little use. Though, it must be said, most of my hypotheses actually are falsifiable and/or rest upon questions where the data is empirical. So, subtracting out field-selection bias, what do you guys think?
On the one hand, it’s a ridiculous question — but ridiculous questions often yield useful fruit.
(Speculist guys, still lovin’ your page, still having trouble commenting).