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Big data is data that exceeds the processing capacity of traditional databases. The data is too big to be processed by a single machine. New and innovative methods are required to process and store such large volumes of data. Also big data might refer to methods that help to gain new kinds of insight, that traditional small data methods couldn't provide.

Gupta, Richa, Sunny Gupta, and Anuradha Singhal. “Big Data: Overview.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1404.4136 (2014).