Estimating the informativeness of data

Not all data are created equal. But how much information is any piece of data likely to contain? This question is central to medical testing, designing scientific experiments, and even to everyday human learning and thinking. ...

Heads or tails? A mathematician breaks down the odds

With punters preparing to mark Anzac Day with a game of two-up, a mathematician from The Australian National University (ANU) has revealed some of the game's statistical secrets. 

Mathematics learning for Black communities

Communities of color in the United States have been disproportionately hit by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last few years, experiencing higher numbers of infections and death than predominantly white communities.

Tear-free brushing? All you need is math

As anyone who has ever had to brush long hair knows, knots are a nightmare. But with enough experience, most learn the tricks of detangling with the least amount of pain—start at the bottom, work your way up to the scalp ...

Reconstructing the states of a nonlinear dynamical system

We often encounter nonlinear dynamical systems that behave unpredictably, such as the Earth's climate and the stock market. To analyze them, measurements taken over time are used to reconstruct the state of the system. However, ...

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