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### Drawings of mathematical problems predict their resolution

A team from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), in collaboration with CY Cergy Paris University (CYU) and University of Burgundy (uB), have analyzed drawings made by children and adults when solving simple problems. The scientists ...

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### New statistical tool to distinguish shared and unique features in data from different sources

When facing a daunting dataset, Principal Component Analysis (PCA), known as PCA, can help distill complexity by finding a few meaningful features that explain the most significant proportion of the data variance.

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Mar 1, 2024

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### Mathematicians prove Pólya's conjecture for the eigenvalues of a disk, a 70-year-old math problem

Is it possible to deduce the shape of a drum from the sounds it makes? This is the kind of question that Iosif Polterovich, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Université de Montréal, likes to ...

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Mar 1, 2024

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### Anyone can play Tetris, but architects, engineers and animators alike use the math concepts underlying the game

With its bright colors, easy-to-learn rules and familiar music, the video game Tetris has endured as a pop culture icon over the last 40 years. Many people, like me, have been playing the game for decades, and it has evolved ...

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Feb 28, 2024

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### Mathematicians discover how to stop sloshing using porous baffles

Studies by applied mathematicians at the University of Surrey are helping to identify ways of reducing how much liquids slosh around inside tanks.

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Feb 27, 2024

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### Smart learning software helps students study math during lockdowns and beyond

Intelligent tutoring systems for math problems helped pupils remain or even increase their performance during the pandemic. This is the conclusion of a new study led by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) ...

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Feb 27, 2024

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### Pythagoras was wrong: There are no universal musical harmonies, study finds

The tone and tuning of musical instruments has the power to manipulate our appreciation of harmony, new research shows. The findings challenge centuries of Western music theory and encourage greater experimentation with instruments ...

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Feb 27, 2024

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### What math tells us about social dilemmas

Human coexistence depends on cooperation. Individuals have different motivations and reasons to collaborate, resulting in social dilemmas, such as the well-known prisoner's dilemma. Scientists from the Chatterjee group at ...

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Feb 26, 2024

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### What does a physicist see when looking at the NFT market?

The market for collectible digital assets, or non-fungible tokens, is an interesting example of a physical system with a large scale of complexity, non-trivial dynamics, and an original logic of financial transactions. At ...

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Feb 22, 2024

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### Use of decimal point is 1.5 centuries older than historians thought

A mathematical historian at Trinity Wester University in Canada, has found use of a decimal point by a Venetian merchant 150 years before its first known use by German mathematician Christopher Clavius. In his paper published ...

### Why prices are so high—8 ways retail pricing algorithms gouge consumers

The just-released report of the inquiry into price gouging and unfair pricing conducted by Allan Fels for the Australian Council of Trades Unions does more than identify the likely offenders.

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Feb 16, 2024

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### Studies recommend increased research into achievement, engagement to raise student math scores

A new study into classroom practices, led by Dr. Steve Murphy, has found extensive research fails to uncover how teachers can remedy poor student engagement and perform well in math.

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Feb 15, 2024

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### What are 'multiplication facts'? Why are they essential to your child's success in math?

One of the essential skills students need to master in primary school mathematics are "multiplication facts."

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Feb 13, 2024

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### Sports deflation: Study shows NBA 3-point shot has lost its value

When the NBA celebrated the start of its 75th season in fall 2021, it was clear that the 3-point shot adopted by the league in 1979-80 had transformed the sport.

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Feb 12, 2024

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### Children's positive attitude toward mathematics fades during the early school years, finds study

Children's interest in, and competence perceptions of, mathematics are generally quite positive as they begin school, but turn less positive during the first three years. Changes in interest and self-concept are also associated ...

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Feb 12, 2024

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### Air pollution found to impair performance in matriculation exams in mathematical subjects

Researchers from the University of Oulu, Finland, investigated how air pollution affects students' performance in matriculation exams, particularly in mathematical subjects. The study revealed that performance declines in ...

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Feb 8, 2024

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### Is there a typical rate of cultural evolution?

Are cultural evolution rates similar across human societies? The emerging field of Cliodynamics uses mathematical models to study history.

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Feb 7, 2024

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### Driving the best possible bargain now isn't the best long-term strategy, according to game theory

Conventional wisdom says that you should never leave money on the table when negotiating. But research in my field suggests this could be exactly the wrong approach.

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Feb 6, 2024

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### Mathematical model connects innovation and obsolescence to unify insights across diverse fields

In Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, the Red Queen tells Alice, "It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place." The race between innovation and obsolescence is like this.

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Feb 5, 2024

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### Swarming cicadas, stock traders, and the wisdom of the crowd

The springtime emergence of vast swarms of cicadas can be explained by a mathematical model of collective decision-making that has similarities to models describing stock market crashes.

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Feb 1, 2024

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