Can Data Science Fix Potholes?

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Is it possible? Might data science and data analytics help improve our potholed roads? Applied data science is all around us. It’s how Google Maps can recommend routes to take with some ability to predict traffic (because other Google Maps users have tested those routes before you, and GPS tracking records and analyzes the speed of those previous drivers at different times of day and in various road conditions). It’s also how spellcheck fixes our words when we mistype or misspell; it’s how political campaigns apply their resources in the…read more

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How Humans Respond Emotionally to Potholes

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Some people get angry and bitter over the damage that poor pavement causes. But to protect from vehicular damage and accidents, some people take action. The experience of driving in modern life is very different from the advertising of the 1950s, when singer Dinah Shore sang, “See the USA in your Chevrolet.” The camera showed us an open, smooth highway, where nary a care should cross the minds of drivers and passengers. Instead, we today have traffic and potholes and detours. And in place of a perky song there are…read more

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