Debashis Basu: Data science for Smart Cities

On March 28 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an interesting speech at the Bloomberg India Economic Forum 2016. It was praised even by his critics for laying out an impressive array of facts and strategies. Since it was a Bloomberg event, the PM made it a point to mention that “I am grateful for the valuable advice that we have received from Mr Michael Bloomberg in the design of our Smart Cities programme. As mayor of one of the world’s great cities, Mr Bloomberg has personal insight into what makes a city tick.” We don’t know what advice Mr Bloomberg gave Mr Modi, but it is worth recalling how he pioneered a statistical approach to governing cities through predictive analytics, as narrated by Gillian Tett in her book…


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