Thousands of students in England are angry about the controversial use of an algorithm to determine this year’s GCSE and A-level results.
They were unable to sit exams because of lockdown, so the algorithm used data about schools’ results in previous years to determine grades.
It meant about 40% of this year’s A-level results came out lower than predicted, which has a huge impact on what students are able to do next. GCSE results are due out on Thursday.
There are many examples of algorithms making big decisions about our lives, without us necessarily knowing how or when they do it.
Here’s a look at some of them.
In many ways, social-media platforms are simply giant algorithms.
At their heart, they work out what you’re interested in and then give you more of it – using as many data points