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Maverick* Research: Survival of the Fittest Algorithm

Published: 26 September 2014

ID: G00269568

Analyst(s): David Furlonger , Pete Redshaw


Computers often only succeed in helping humans to make mediocre decisions, faster. Better decision making needs evolutionary pressure, market power and planning. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • We Are the Dinosaurs of Decision Making
  • An Occasionally Rational Alternative
  • What Goes Wrong
  • A Faster Route to Mediocre Decisions
  • Survival of the Fittest Algorithm
    • 1. More Competition, Measurement, Learning and Evolution
    • 2. More Dimensions
    • 3. More Variety
    • 4. More Metastudies
    • 5. More Transparency
    • 6. More Planning
  • How It Could Work — The Meta-algorithm
  • How to Get a Date (Geek Style)
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Our Poor Decision-Making Skills
  • Appendix B: Poor Algorithms
  • Appendix C: More Dimensions and Variety

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