Statistical physics algorithm helps basketball fans fill out NCAA bracket
Math explains history: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex societies
The question of how human societies evolve from small groups to the huge, anonymous and complex societies of today has been answered mathematically, accurately matching the historical record on the emergence ...
Statistician suggests raising statistical standards to reduce amount of non-reproducible studies
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Mathematician proves there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers less than 70 million units apart
Researchers propose a better way to make sense of 'Big Data'
Big Data is everywhere, and we are constantly told that it holds the answers to almost any problem we want to solve. Companies collect information on how we shop, doctors and insurance companies gather our ...
Researchers devise method to study network resistance to random failures based on 'random walks'
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Fermat's Last Theorem, more can be proved more simply: Professor steers field toward a numbers-only proof
Fermat's Last Theorem—the idea that a certain simple equation had no solutions— went unsolved for nearly 350 years until Oxford mathematician Andrew Wiles created a proof in 1995. Now, Case Western Reserve University's ...
Computational study finds maximum packing density of 55,000 different shapes
The faster-than-fast Fourier transform
The Fourier transform is one of the most fundamental concepts in the information sciences. It’s a method for representing an irregular signal — such as the voltage fluctuations in the wire that conne ...
How the 'Matthew Effect' helps some scientific papers gain popularity
Do scientific papers written by well-known scholars get more attention than they otherwise would receive because of their authors' high profiles?
University professor discovers largest prime number to date
(Phys.org)—Curtis Cooper, professor of math and computer science at the University of Central Missouri, has discovered the largest prime number to date, it's 257,885,161 – 1. It has 17 million digits and is also a Mersenne prime (a prime number defined by the equation N=2n-1, ...