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  • The too-smart-for-its-own-good grid

    New technologies intended to boost reliance on renewable energy could destabilize the power grid if they’re not matched with careful pricing policies.

    August 3, 2011
  • Improving recommendation systems

    Researchers believe that comparing products, rather than rating them on an absolute scale, will lead to algorithms that better predict customers’ preferences.

    July 8, 2011
  • How wise are crowds?

    By melding economics and engineering, researchers show that as social networks get larger, they usually get better at sorting fact from fiction.

    November 16, 2010
  • Can you find me now?

    By demonstrating fundamental limits on their accuracy, MIT researchers show how to improve wireless location-detection systems.

    September 9, 2010
  • Sizing samples

    Many scientific disciplines use computers to infer patterns in data. But how much data is enough to ensure that the inferences are right?

    August 25, 2010
  • Nonlinear thinker

    With techniques for translating complicated equations into ‘sums of squares,’ Pablo Parrilo helps make sense of previously insoluble problems.

    January 29, 2010

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