Predicting poverty by satellite with detailed accuracy

Loading video…VIDEO: This is a short animated video providing an overview of how satellite imagery and machine learning can be combined to map poverty around the world. This material relates to a… view more Credit: Data from: N. Jean, M. Burke, M. Xie, W.M. Davis, D. Lobell, S. Ermon., “Combining satellite imagery and machine learning to predict poverty. ” Science, 2016 By combining satellite data and sophisticated machine learning, researchers have developed a technique to estimate household consumption and income. Such data is particularly difficult to obtain in poorer countries, yet it is critical for informing research and policy, and for efforts including resource allocation and targeted intervention in these developing nations. The African continent provides a particularly striking example of limited insights into economic wellbeing. According to World Bank data…


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