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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos continued to be vague Thursday about where the online retail giant will place its second headquarters, but he said he will decide based on a mix of facts and feelings.

“Ultimately, the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data,” Bezos said in New York on Thursday night as he was interviewed onstage by journalist and historian Walter Isaacson, according to a video of the exchange.

The billionaire went on to say that he believes “the best way to make” such a decision is to “collect as much data as you can, you immerse yourself in that data, but then you make the decision with your heart.”

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The conversation was first reported by CNN.

Boston was among 20 applicants to be the company’s second home that moved on to a second round of consideration back at the beginning of the year, and the city is reportedly still on the table. Nearly 240 cities and regions had offered themselves up as potential hosts of the coveted $8 billion complex.


Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.