DailyDirt: Making Money The Old-Fashioned Way... By Algorithms

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People are changing the way they make decisions now that technology can help them crunch more numbers than ever before. Instead of just going with a gut instinct, decisions can be based on all kinds of random data analysis (for better or worse). Big data is a popular trend, and more and more successful examples of data mining for profit seem to get publicized every day. But are we only looking at the winning combinations and ignoring the losers? Here are just a few examples of algorithms that might be making some money. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 6th, 2013 @ 6:04pm

    VCs and the NSA seem to have some common traits...

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 6th, 2013 @ 10:22pm

    As JMK Said ...

    ... “The markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent”.

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    Indy, Nov 7th, 2013 @ 12:43pm

    feedproxy for RSS feeds?

    Disappointing techdirt (and I noticed ars aalso) is using feedproxy for RSS feeds. Feedproxy is labeled as tracking its users. Ghostery blocks.

    This will mean fewer visits to techdirt, overall, for me.

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    Lake City Dental, Nov 7th, 2013 @ 1:34pm

    Re: As JMK Said ...

    This is true, and not to sound too far-fetched, but on a large enough scale even irrationality can become rational. That is to say, these algorithms can comprehend things at a much larger scale than we can, and at a certain point the random scattering of data can begin to make a SEEMINGLY predictable pattern.

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    Michael Ho (profile), Nov 7th, 2013 @ 4:31pm

    Re: feedproxy for RSS feeds?

    as an RSS feed user, you can use things like Yahoo pipes to obscure the tracking, if you really wanted to.

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