Tag: math

You say tomato, I say soda. Or is it pop?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,

Here’s a nifty new way of looking at some old regional differences in dialect. NC State graduate student Joshua Katz was looking for an idea for his end-of-year statistics project, when he came across interesting linguistics data from Dr. Bert Vaux of Cambridge University. Vaux had collected data on regional dialects in the U.S. via

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Making Sports Rankings Count

Friday, November 30th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Ever wondered how those sports team rankings get done? Dr. Carl Meyer is a mathematician working on making those rankings more accurate. This video from Inside Science explains how it’s done. Hint: linear algebra is involved.

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Putting the “Fore” in Forecasting

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

People love to complain about the weather – and especially about weather forecasters. But real, accurate forecasting beyond five to seven days is immensely complicated, due to the sheer volume of atmospheric processes and factors. Fortunately for us, advances in computing are making it possible for mathematicians, atmospheric scientists and statisticians to create “models of

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Read This! Book Recommendations For Kids And Armchair Researchers

Monday, November 28th, 2011 | Tags: , , , ,

I think it is important to get the general public – and kids – interested in research. It’s never too late to get grown-ups excited about science. And maybe the child you encourage today will be a future Albert Schweitzer, Marie Curie or Steve Jobs. With the holidays approaching, now’s your chance to go buy

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How Will Players Respond To Game Changes? Do The Math

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 | Tags: , ,

Can user responses to changes in one game predict the response to changes in a different game? Apparently there’s math involved. When it comes to video games, imitation can be dangerous. If one game makes changes that players love, there’s no guarantee that players of a different game would welcome the same changes. So, do

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