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new mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty

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new mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty

buffalo, n.y. -- for years, policymakers have relied upon surveys and census data to track and respond to extreme poverty.while effective, assembling this information is costly and time-consuming, and it often lacks detail that aid organizations and governments need in order to best deploy their resources.that could soon change.a new mapping technique, described in the nov. 14 issue of the proceedings of the national academies of sciences, shows how researchers are developing computational tools that combine cellphone records with data from satellites and geographic information systems to create timely and incredibly detailed poverty maps."despite much progress in recent decades, there are still more than 1 billion people worldwide lacking...