Professor predicts Brazil will win World Cup
(PhysOrg.com) -- Government professor Christopher Anderson, a former semi-pro soccer player, has launched a statistically based soccer blog. He predicts Brazil will take the cup in South Africa this summer.
Top Russian mathematician Vladimir Arnold dies
Russian Vladimir Arnold, one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century, died Thursday in France just a few days short of his 73rd birthday, Russian news agencies reported.
More is less: Complex computer models can involve thousands of variables
(PhysOrg.com) -- The architect Mies van der Rohe is famous for promoting the slogan "less is more." But if Venkat Chandrasekaran, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ...
A quick fix for queues
Queuing, standing in line... it's what we do well, but complain about the most. Thankfully, science is coming to the rescue as researchers in Taiwan have devised a formula that could revolutionize restaurants, post offices, ...
Study finds 'law-like' patterns in human preference behavior
In a study appearing in the journal PLoS ONE, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) scientists describe finding mathematical patterns underlying the way individuals unconsciously distribute their preferences regarding approa ...
A delicate balance: New study shows how networks keep themselves in synch
(PhysOrg.com) -- Synchronization is all around us. Think of fireflies flashing together, crickets chirping in unison, neurons firing together and power plants generating electrical currents with the exact same frequency all ...
Explained: Monte Carlo simulations
Speak to enough scientists, and you hear the words 'Monte Carlo' a lot. "We ran the Monte Carlos," a researcher will say. What does that mean?
Mathematical model explains marital breakups
Untangling Facebook, decoding Congress: New mathematical method may help tame big data
(PhysOrg.com) -- Networks permeate modern life, from Facebook to political allegiances. Now University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill mathematicians and colleagues have developed a new technique for examining ...
Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation
(PhysOrg.com) -- Two University of Pennsylvania mathematicians have found solutions to a 140-year-old, 7-dimensional equation that were not known to exist for more than a century despite its widespread use in modeling the ...
Game theoretic machine learning methods can help explain long periods of conflict
Researchers at the Santa Fe Institute have developed new machine learning methods to study conflict. Their work appears in PLOS Computational Biology on May 13.
The sum of digits of prime numbers is evenly distributed
(PhysOrg.com) -- On average, there are as many prime numbers for which the sum of decimal digits is even as prime numbers for which it is odd. This hypothesis, first made in 1968, has recently been proven by French researchers ...
NIST releases successor to venerable handbook of math functions
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF) and its printed companion, the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, the much-anticipated successors ...
Football penalties: science is on the spot
Few moments in football are as extraordinary as the penalty, the moment when a dream can crumble or glory is made - and a player is either cursed as a choker or enters the pantheon of legends.