Collecting just the right data: Algorithm helps identify which data to target

25 julio 2014

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to collect — information about geological formations thousands of feet underground, for instance. And in other applications — such as trying to predict the path of a storm — there may just not be enough time to crunch all the available data. When you can’t collect all the data you need, a new algorithm tells you which to target.