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Subject: New Poll: More Data or Better Algorithm ?

New KDnuggets Poll is asking:

What will usually give better improvement in data mining results:

  • Adding more data
  • Using more advanced algorithms
  • It depends (please comment)
Please vote on www.kdnuggets.com.

Of course a lot depends on the specifics, but I think it is a useful rule of thumb:

When building predictive models, adding more (relevant) data usually gives more of an improvement, especially in the initial phases of the project, than using a more advanced algorithm.

Here is a recent example: More data usually beats better algorithms, by Anand Rajaraman.

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