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Making sports statistics more scientific

Whether it is the sprinter who finished first or the team that scored more points, it's usually easy to determine who won a sporting event. But finding the statistics that explain why an athlete or team wins ...

dateMar 08, 2012 in Mathematics
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Scientists: This man has your number

Attention, star scientists: Pierre Azoulay is watching you. Not literally, of course: Azoulay, an economist, inhabits an office tucked away in the MIT Sloan School of Management, far from any lab. But his ...

dateFeb 29, 2012 in Mathematics
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Tissue structure delays cancer development

Cancer growth normally follows a lengthy period of development. Over the course of time, genetic mutations often accumulate in cells, leading first to pre-cancerous conditions and ultimately to tumour growth. Using a mathematical ...

dateDec 19, 2011 in Mathematics
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Protecting confidential data with math

Statistical databases (SDBs) are collections of data that are used to gather and analyze information from a variety of sources. The data may be derived from sales transactions, customer files, voter registrations, medical ...

dateDec 16, 2011 in Mathematics
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Mathematics: Mapping a fixed point

(PhysOrg.com) -- For fifty years, mathematicians have grappled with a so-called “fixed point” theorem. An EPFL-based team has now found an elegant, one-page solution that opens up new perspectives ...

dateNov 23, 2011 in Mathematics
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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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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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