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The buzz around Big Data couldn’t be more promising for Massachusetts, a state where engineers and scientists have a long history of building companies by understanding the most esoteric technologies.

Doing work in the world of Big Data certainly isn’t easy. It involves creating complex algorithms to make sense of massive amounts of digital information about everything from traffic patterns to health statistics.

Across Massachusetts, the state’s biggest employers such as EMC Corp. in Hopkinton and tiny start-ups such as Sqrrl in Kendall Square are working in one of the hottest areas in computing.

“It is the sweet spot of what we in Massachusetts are good at,” said Greg Bialecki, the state’s secretary of Housing and Economic Development, at a Big Data Summit Thursday.

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