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Humans are fascinated by patterns, and they can spot them well - in fact, that's one area where humans excel over computers. But research is producing interesting competition as scientists discover and employ new methods of automated pattern recognition. Practical applications include finding genes, detecting cancer-causing chemicals in molecules, searching out potential terrorists, and predicting terrorist threat levels, as well as recognizing speech patterns and creating a nanotechnology resource library.
Date of Publication: Jan.-Feb. 2006