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Wisdom of Crowds; Tales of the Tail

September 3, 2015by Raul Lopez

Wisdom of Crowds; Tales of the Tail

The “Wisdom of Crowds” is powerful. It helps us understand what is likely. However, extremely unlikely “tails” of a distribution are more difficult. A wide range of biases limit human understanding of rare events. Can crowd wisdom help explain rare events? Our work shows this is both possible and practical. This paper describes means to better understand rare events using models and estimates from groups; crowdsourcing distributions, not just specific forecasts. A brief survey of prior work, and some original Lone Star research is presented.

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