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Really smart phones: Now they can predict your GPA

Bob Brown | June 3, 2015
Researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an Android app that they say can predict students' grade point averages without prior knowledge of data such as SAT scores, IQ or school track records. What's more, the technology could have future applications for predicting employee performance.

The breakthrough with SmartGPA is that the team has developed "a core mobile sensing technology to determine user behavior continuously with no user interaction," Campbell says.

"We've applied it to 'performance' of students -- GPA. But this core could be used to determine the performance of a software engineer, Uber driver or teacher. That's the idea. Coming up with different models for different types of careers and jobs," he says.

Expect an app to become generally available a year or so from now, once the current technology has been tested at more places and at scale "in more diverse places than the Ivies." Not only will the app be able to predict performance, but will suggest changes in behavior to improve upon it.


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