Multivariate problems are found in all areas of knowledge. In chemistry and related disciplines. The chemometric community was developed in a joint effort to understand and solve problems mainly from a multivariate and exploratory perspective. This perspective is, indeed, of broader applicability, even in areas of knowledge far from chemistry. In this paper, we focus on the Internet: the net of devices that allow an interconnected world where all types of data can be shared and unprecedented communication services can be provided. Problems in the Internet, or, in general, in networking, are not very different from chemometric problems. Yet, they also have their specificities, mainly their typical Big Data nature and the presence of unstructured data. Exabytes of data in the format of text, video, audio, etc. are daily generated in the Internet. Part of these data need to be analyzed for disparate purposes, ranging from the optimization of the communications to cybersecurity and cyberwalfare. We argue that exploratory multivariate analysis is, indeed, useful to tackle these problems and has a role to play in the Big Data arena, currently limited to data mining techniques and visualization analytics. In absence of a better name, we call Networkmetrics the approach of treating Internet problems from the multivariate and exploratory perspective.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.