In Weapons of Math Destruction O’Neil offers a look at how algorithms are being used to regulate people. For example, if an inmate is up for parole, a computer algorithm might be used to determine their fate. If you’ve ever wondered how Amazon tells you what “you might like” or how Facebook puts ads in your feed, this book will be useful. Where it is really frightening is how it reveals statistical profiling.

In Weapons of Math Destruction O’Neil offers a look at how algorithms are being used to regulate people. For example, if an inmate is up for parole, a computer algorithm might be used to determine their fate. If you’ve ever wondered how Amazon tells you what “you might like” or how Facebook puts ads in your feed, this book will be useful. Where it is really frightening is how it reveals statistical profiling.

O’Neil describes herself as “a mathematician turned quant turned data scientist.” She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector, where she worked for a hedge fund. She has a website where she lists “math-y” books she finds cool, among other things. She also has several books on data science and being skeptical of data.

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