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  • - I like math.

  • I like modeling.

  • I like computers.

  • But what I want to do is be able to use it

  • to help people and so it's really interesting

  • or kind of exciting that we can use these tools

  • in helping in this humanitarian cause.

  • - [Narrator] Although the food bank

  • of central and eastern North Carolina is

  • the largest in the state, they still can't

  • reach everyone.

  • - I don't think people realize the magnitude

  • of food insecurity.

  • We believe there are about 680,000 people

  • that are food insecure at some point

  • during the month.

  • We can't get enough food in to solve the problem.

  • - [Narrator] Enter Dr. Ivy and Dr. Davis.

  • They're engineers who realized analytics

  • could revolutionize how food banks operate.

  • They reached out to see how they could help.

  • - The food bank gave us tons of data,

  • and you know initially we were like data, data, data.

  • But data can be like a blessing and a curse.

  • - [Narrator] They mined through millions of records

  • and translated the numbers into useful information.

  • - Some of the models that we have developed

  • try to predict the amount of food

  • that might be donated.

  • The other type of models also try to estimate

  • how many people might be in need of food.

  • We try to pull in data about unemployment,

  • poverty, to see if we can get a better estimate

  • of the true need in the counties that they serve.

  • - [Narrator] That information gives the food bank

  • an efficient way to predict changes

  • in supply and demand so they can reduce

  • food waste while maximizing the number

  • of people they can reach.

  • - What they have done is given us

  • why we should do certain things

  • and how we should do them, but instead

  • of saying, "Well that just feels right,"

  • we're able to say, "Well the data tells us."

  • It's very cool stuff.

  • - We're making an impact.

  • And we have the potential to do so much more.

  • The work we do is easily applicable

  • to other food banks.

  • And I think that we'll be able to figure out

  • how to, you know, reduce the number of families

  • who have hunger need.

- I like math.

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Fighting Hunger With Knowledge

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    許大善 posted on 2019/11/29
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