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New research published in journal Science

Dr. Blumenstock’s article, “Fighting Poverty with Data,” was published in this week’s issue of Science magazine.


Policy-makers in the world’s poorest countries are often forced to make decisions based on limited data. Consider Angola, which recently conducted its first postcolonial census. In the 44 years that elapsed between the prior census and the recent one, the country’s population grew from 5.6 million to 24.3 million, and the country experienced a protracted civil war that displaced millions of citizens. In situations where reliable survey data are missing or out of date, a novel line of research combines big data and machine learning to offer promising alternatives.

Blumenstock, J.E., 2016. Fighting poverty with data. Science 353, 753–754. doi:10.1126/science.aah5217