MIT Machine Does Big Data Analysis the Human Way

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week announced they had developed an algorithmic system to analyze big data that eventually might replace humans. The system, called the “Data Science Machine,” designs the feature set and searches for patterns in big data. The DSM’s first prototype was 96 percent as accurate as the winning submission by a human team in one competition to find predictive patterns in unfamiliar data sets, MIT said. In two others, it was 94 percent and 87 percent as accurate as the winning submissions. “In effect, you’re replacing a person — a data scientist in this case — and they’re hard to get and spread very thinly,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. “Even 87 percent is better than you’d likely get…


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