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Why Bayes Rules: The History of a Formula That Drives Modern Life


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Google driverless car

Google's driverless cars use Bayesian methods.

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Google has a small fleet of robotic cars that since autumn have driven themselves for thousands of miles on the streets of Northern California without once striking a pedestrian, running a stoplight or having to ask directions. The cars' ability to analyze enormous quantities of data—from cameras, radar sensors, laser-range finders—lies in the 18th-century math theorem known as Bayes' rule.

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