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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 email@example.com
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