Big data has applications beyond the high-tech industry, as many of our stories this week show. The interactive “Predicting Re-Elections” chart at The Economist’s Graphic Detail blog was one of our favorites.

Check out the below posts for some recommended reading, and as always, please let us know if we missed anything good!

Big Data Can’t Entirely Replace Human Judgment – Angela Guess, Dataversity

How Big Data Can Make Us Happier and Healthier – John Havens, Mashable

10 Big Data Sites to Watch – Gil Press, Foreign Policy

Big Data and NoSQL: Five Key Insights – David Feinleib, Forbes

Are Big Data approaches the answer to K12 educational pain points? – Christopher Dawson, ZDNet

Predicting Re-Elections – Graphic Detail Blog, The Economist

Trilogy: less than one-third of insurers use producer-oriented predictive analytics – Warren S Hersch, LifeHealthPro

Predictive analytics go to work – Robert Mitchell, Computerworld

30 big data project takeaways – Larry Dignan, ZDNet

Big Data: Deciphering Digital Marketing Intelligence (Part 1 of 2) – Brent Gleeson, Forbes

Don’t Fire Your Analyst – Piyanka Jain, Forbes

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