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Super Crunchers: Why thinking-by-numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart

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Why would a casino try and stop you from losing? How can a mathematical formula find your future spouse? Would you know if a statistical analysis blackballed you from a job you wanted?

Today, number crunching affects your life in ways you might never imagine. In this lively and groundbreaking new book, economist Ian Ayres shows how today's best and brightest organizations are analyzing massive databases at lightening speed to provide greater insights into human behavior. They are the Super Crunchers. From internet sites like Google and Amazon that know your tastes better than you do, to a physician's diagnosis and your child's education, to boardrooms and government agencies, this new breed of decision makers are calling the shots. And they are delivering staggeringly accurate results. How can a football coach evaluate a player without ever seeing him play? Want to know whether the price of an airline ticket will go up or down before you buy? How can a formula outpredict wine experts in determining the best vintages? Super crunchers have the answers. In this brave new world of equation versus expertise, Ayres shows us the benefits and risks, who loses and who wins, and how super crunching can be used to help, not manipulate us.

Gone are the days of solely relying on intuition to make decisions. No businessperson, consumer, or student who wants to stay ahead of the curve should make another keystroke without reading Super Crunchers.

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Touting the benefits of detailed statistical analysis, an economist explains how by sorting through mass quantities of easily stored and sorted information, businesses, governments, and consumers can achieve greater insight into human behavior and use it to predict future trends. 75,000 first printing.

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Ian Ayres ,an econometrician and lawyer, is the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School, and a professor at Yale's School of Management. He is a regular commentator on public radio's Marketplace and a columnist for Forbes magazine. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, and has written eight books and more than a hundred articles.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the rise of the super crunchers — Who's doing your thinking for you? — Creating your own data with the flip of a coin — Government by chance — How should physicians treat evidence-based medicine? — Experts vs. equations — Why now? — Are we having fun yet? — The future of intuition (and expertise).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553904130
Subtitle:
Why thinking-by-numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Author:
Ayres, Ian
Author:
Ian Ayres
Subject:
Business & Economics : Information Management
Subject:
Information Management
Subject:
Sampling (statistics)
Subject:
Statistics
Subject:
Regression analysis
Subject:
Audio Books-Business
Subject:
Business management
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070828
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
260

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"Synopsis" by , Touting the benefits of detailed statistical analysis, an economist explains how by sorting through mass quantities of easily stored and sorted information, businesses, governments, and consumers can achieve greater insight into human behavior and use it to predict future trends. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Ian Ayres ,an econometrician and lawyer, is the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School, and a professor at Yale's School of Management. He is a regular commentator on public radio's Marketplace and a columnist for Forbes magazine. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, and has written eight books and more than a hundred articles.
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