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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Which makes it suitable for picking the contestants on 
> American Idol but probably not for picking tools to 
> use in surgery.
> The problem of the 'wisdom of crowds' is knowing 
> 'crowds of what?' in advance of applying the wisdom.

One of the revelations of Wikipedia is that crowds are pretty effective 
at self-selecting and self-policing. A random crowd would not be 
effective at picking surgical tools. A self-selected group of people 
interested enough in surgical tools to participate in a discussion of 
surgical tools likely would be; and in fact probably would do better 
than any one individual would, no matter well educated and credentialed.

´╗┐Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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