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The Boston Globe

Globe 100

Innovators | Computing

Big data in a small box

Michael Schmidt, Nutonian

Data scientist Michael Schmidt found a way for computers to take over some of the most grueling and complex work behind scientific discoveries.

Schmidt created a computer program called Eureqa that acts as an automated scientist, probing through endless files of data to look for tiny correlations and insight. Eureqa repeats the cycle over and over until it pinpoints mathematical equations that work.

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