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Applied Math

Our Random World—Probability Defined

While it’s nice to think that our challenge in life is to get rid of uncertainty and be in complete control of everything, that is not going to happen. One of life’s real challenges is to deal with the uncertain and the unknown in some sort of an effective way; and that is the realm of probability. […]

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Can You Trust Polling Results?

Polling can be an effective mechanism to predict the outcome of a vote, but in order to obtain valid results you have to be careful about how you construct your sample audience. […]


Pi: The Most Important Number in the Universe?

One of the most famous numbers in human history, as well as one of the most important numbers in our universe, is the number Pi. Just how well do you know its mathematical applications and historical impact? […]

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Applied Math

Understanding Big Data: The Three V’s

Big data is often defined as having three v’s: volume, velocity and variety. We stand in a data deluge that is showering large volumes of data at high velocities with a lot of variety. With all this data comes information and with that information comes the potential for innovation. Let’s take a closer look at these “3 V’s” of big data and how they help us understand this highly complex field. […]

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The Nature of Randomness

Randomness can be confusing to the human mind, because its expression is often quite different than what we expect it might be. […]


The Power of Zero

A compact, place-based number system with a symbol for zero opens the floodgates for arithmetic calculations and the discovery of new numbers. […]

Applied Math

How to Make an Unbreakable Code

Throughout history, people have had a desire to keep certain information hidden from other people. Communications involving business transactions, national security, military plans, and even […]

Applied Math

The Power of a Mathematical Picture

If a picture is worth a thousand words, in mathematics, a picture can spawn a thousand ideas. A picture can provide deep understanding, prompt an idea or process to suddenly make sense, and lead the way to finally understanding a tricky piece of mathematics. […]

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