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Algorithms: Turning Data Into Products

Everybody talks about algorithms, but do you know what they are? We take a closer look at the origins of the word algorithm, what it means for business today, and how companies such as Google and Airbnb use them.

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Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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1/3/2016 | 3:46:18 PM
Re: Algorithm and data
And let's not forget good documentation. If conditions change, especially if the original algorithm writer is gone, good documentation can make the differerence between a smooth transition or the need for starting over from scratch.
Ariella
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1/3/2016 | 11:20:11 AM
Re: Algorithm and data
< At Airbnb, refining the algorithm means looking at search results and looking for the conditions that produced lousy results, explained Gupta.>

That's a very important step in the process. Based on what I see in searches on many sites, they don't bother with that. It can be very frustrating to put in clear, simple terms and get back irrelevant results. 
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/2/2016 | 1:44:22 AM
Algorithm and data
Alogorithm and data are both very important for a good software. More precisely, data model and algorithm should be designed/chosen together so that they fit well with each other. You cannot simply say algorithm A is always better than algorithm B - it depends on what data set you want them to operate upon.
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