MIT tries to replace human intuition for big data analysis

Computers could soon replace human intuition in many areas – and a new system developed at MIT has shown it can outperform even the smartest of people. MIT researchers have designed a big-data analysis system which aims to replace human intuition in the search for buried patterns. Big-data analysis consists of searching for buried patterns that have some kind of predictive power. But choosing which “features” of the data to analyze usually requires some human intuition. In a database containing, say, the beginning and end dates of various sales promotions and weekly profits, the crucial data may not be the dates themselves but the spans between them, or not the total profits but the averages across those spans. The system, called the Data Science Machine, competed against human teams in…


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