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Crowdsourcing Could Predict Terror Strikes, Gas Prices: As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 nears, many wonder if the terrorist actions could have been predicted, and even prevented.Researchers are seeking ways to better predict such actions. One team active in this arena is Raleigh, N.C.-based Applied Research Associates and its partner researchers from seven universities. They’re finding new ways to use “crowdsourcing” to make more accurate predictions of events and trends.…”What we really need are people who have just some knowledge about a topic. But that doesn’t mean they need to know a lot about it,” said Eric Stone, associate professor of psychology at Wake Forest University. “The idea is that we can combine the best information provided by a number of different people to come up with better forecasts.”

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