Algorithms rule OK 23 February 2009

Algorithms rule OK

Ever wondered why traffic lights turn red when they do? How Amazon works out its recommendations? Or how Google prioritises its search lists? It's all done by algorithms - jealously guarded mathematical recipes that increasingly dictate how we lead our lives.

That's the message from this interesting article in The Guardian ( February 23, 2009):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/feb/23/algorithms-internet-google-amazon-itunes