No Division Required in This School Problem”

New York Times; March 13, 2013

The school dis­trict and Mayor Menino had com­mis­sioned Dr. Pathak’s lab, at M.I.T.’s School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative, to try to fore­cast what schools par­ents might choose under var­i­ous new pro­pos­als. Using choic­es that the par­ents had made in the past, Mr. Shi built com­put­er sim­u­la­tions, did demand mod­el­ing and gen­er­at­ed hun­dreds of thou­sands of files and graphs.