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Super Crunchers - Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart

Ian Ayres

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Lurie

Length:

6h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:50


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:13


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:52


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:39


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:14


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:25


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:45


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:31


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:00


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:47


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:28


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:03


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:39


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:15


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:57


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:48


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:04


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:28


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:43


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:45


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:02


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:01


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:56


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:55


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:09


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:17


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:09