The Numerati is a non-fiction book written by Stephen L. Baker. Baker interviews people who are studying, developing and implementing the technologies and techniques used to capture and analyze many of our everyday actions as we communicate, travel and make purchases. He explains how the initial goal of this data capture and analysis is typically to identify sets of characteristics, which makes it easier to manage the billions of data points these sets may contain. As these characteristics are grouped, it is hoped that the members of each group can be better understood. This information can then be used, with varying but often increased success, in early incident detection, to predict outcomes, project the effect of stimulus on the groups and, in many cases, to influence group members' behavior.
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Sources and Further Reading
- Baker, Stephen L. (2008). The Numerati. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0618784608.