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A revolution in knot theory

In the 19th century, Lord Kelvin made the inspired guess that elements are knots in the "ether". Hydrogen would be one kind of knot, oxygen a different kind of knot---and so forth throughout the periodic table ...

dateNov 10, 2011 in Mathematics
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Study looks at predicting NFL betting lines

When bookmakers set the over/under line for NFL games they tend to give weight to the number of points a team scored in its immediate previous game. But that statistic is a poor predictor of the number of points to be scored ...

dateNov 07, 2011 in Mathematics
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Mathematically detecting bubbles before they burst

From the dotcom bust in the late nineties to the housing crash in the run-up to the 2008 crisis, financial bubbles have been a topic of major concern. Identifying bubbles is important in order to prevent collapses that can ...

dateOct 31, 2011 in Mathematics
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Fighting violent gang crime with math

(PhysOrg.com) -- UCLA mathematicians working with the Los Angeles Police Department to analyze crime patterns have designed a mathematical algorithm to identify street gangs involved in unsolved violent crimes. Their research ...

dateOct 31, 2011 in Mathematics
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Measuring the distance of processes

A milestone in the description of complex processes - for example the ups and downs of share prices - has been reached by mathematicians at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Researchers led by Prof. Dr. Holger Dette (stochastics) ...

dateOct 28, 2011 in Mathematics
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Beautiful math of fractals

(PhysOrg.com) -- What do mountains, broccoli and the stock market have in common? The answer to that question may best be explained by fractals, the branch of geometry that explains irregular shapes and processes, ...

dateOct 13, 2011 in Mathematics
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