Aidan Lyon
University of Maryland
The Epistemic Value of Diversity

The "wisdom of crowds" effect has recently garnered a lot of attention from researchers in a variety of disciplines. The effect is that "group judgements" can be surprisingly accurate––even more accurate than the judgements of the people in the group. Psychologists, economists and many other researchers have noticed that the wisdom of crowds depends crucially on group diversity. But how important is diversity exactly? How should we measure it? And how does it affect the wisdom of crowds? This talk will present an overview of some recent research that tries to address these questions.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
5:00pm - 6:30pm

2109 Tydings Hall