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Prediction by the Numbers Prologue

Preview: Season 45 Episode 6 | 1m 12s | Video has closed captioning.

Predictions underlie nearly every aspect of our lives, from sports, politics, and medical decisions to the morning commute. With the explosion of digital technology, the internet, and “big data,” the science of forecasting is flourishing. But why do some predictions succeed spectacularly while others fail abysmally? And how can we find meaningful patterns amidst chaos and uncertainty?

Aired: 01/24/18

Rating: NR

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