Monday, October 19, 2015

Predicting Online Student Success: MIT’S Unique Computer System Aims to Take the Humans out of Data Analysis - Robert Nicholls, Market Business

A new system from MIT has outperformed human intuition using its algorithms. It’s amazing, and perhaps a little frightening: an MIT computer’s algorithms outperformed human intuition in a groundbreaking new test. The findings will be presented this upcoming week at the IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics. There are a number of tasks the researchers believe the computer could be helpful at. One example listed in the report is looking at statistics and predict if a student is likely to drop out of an online course. It’s just one of many examples where the machine could immediately be put to work.

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