Saturday, September 1, 2007

Speaking of Economists and Libraries....

This article on how patients would get more accurate diagnoses if doctors used computer algorithms rather than their own “clinical judgment” has been getting some attention on econ blogs.

What does this have to do with libraries? Read the debate that's been raging on the NCG4LIB listserv about the potential that a well-coded algorithm using Bayesian inference could possibly do authority control work as well as if not better than human catalogers, and ponder how much the catalogers who decry this possibility might have in common with the doctors discussed in the article.

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