Take Tom Davenport’s Big Data Challenge

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The following quiz will test your knowledge about big data.  It consists of 10 questions and should take you less than 5 minutes to complete.

Thomas Davenport

Thomas Davenport

The term “big data” burst upon the scene around 2012 and has been popular ever since. The term is about not only a new type of information, but also the technologies that support it and the people who work with it.

The precise meaning of the term is somewhat difficult to pin down and is always evolving. But anyone who has worked extensively with big data should be able to answer the following questions, which seek to determine your level of expertise with a subject that is in a perpetual state of change.

This is a challenging quiz and most participants will not have experience in every area covered. Answer the questions you know, and guess at those you don’t.

Take this test now to find out how you stack up. At the end of the quiz on the screen where you’ve provided personal information, scroll down to see the answers.


Scoring system:

8 or more questions correct, you should immediately ask for a title as a “Senior Data Scientist” as well as a big raise.

5 – 7 correct means that you are a strong candidate for Chief Data Officer.

Fewer than 5 correct, perhaps you should stick to small data.



Tom Davenport, the author of several best-selling management books on analytics and big data, is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a Fellow of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, and an independent senior adviser to Deloitte Analytics. He also is a member of theData Informed Board of Advisers.

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