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Algorithms For Dummies by Luca Massaron, John Paul Mueller

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Chapter 21

Ten Algorithms That Are Changing the World

IN THIS CHAPTER

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It’s hard to imagine an algorithm doing much of anything, much less changing the world. However, algorithms today appear everywhere, and you might not even realize just how much effect they have on your life.

Most people realize that online stores and other sales venues rely on algorithms to determine which add-on products to suggest based on previous purchases. However, most people are unaware of the uses of algorithms in medicine, many of which help a doctor decide what diagnosis to provide.

Algorithms appear in the oddest places. The timing of traffic lights often depends on the calculations of algorithms. Algorithms will help your smartphone talk to you today, and you see algorithms at work in making your television do more than any television has done in the past. Consequently, it’s not all that impossible to believe that algorithms are poised to change the world. This chapter highlights ...

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