einstein (São Paulo). 10/Sep/2018;16(3):eED4087.

Big Data use in medical research

Thiago Gonçalves dos Santos Martins ORCID logo , Ana Luiza Fontes de Azevedo Costa ORCID logo , Thomaz Gonçalves dos Santos Martins ORCID logo

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082018ED4087

The current velocity and volume of data generated by websites, electronic sensors and mobile telephones are calculated in exabytes (equal to 1 billion gigabytes) every two days. This amount of data corresponds to what was produced from the begining of the time until 2003. This remarkable figure tends to double every 40 months.()

Big data is a huge set of data that exceeds management by human and requires assistance of computerized and/or analytical processing. Although the volume and velocity in which data are processed in almost real time, quality of data needs working to ensure generation of useful information.

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Big Data use in medical research

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