Math: Advantage of selecting politicians randomly

The Italian research team that received an Ig Nobel Prize in 2010 for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random has extended its work (as well as gained some team members). Their new study is: “Accidental Politicians: How Randomly Selected Legislators Can Improve Parliament Efficiency“, A. Pluchino, C. […]

The 101 controversy, revisited

It’s time for a fond look back at great 101 controversy. The great 101 controversy was launched in the July 2001 issue of mini-AIR. A celebrated mathematics professor of our acquaintance asked for help with the following dilemma: A woman called the math department earlier this year. Her son is in first grade. The first […]

Math: “Frustratingly easy” (1)

Though some people say mathematics is frustratingly difficult, all must agree that one part of it is frustratingly easy. Or at least agree that the title of a particular study is “Frustratingly Easy Semi-supervised Domain Adaptation.” Written by Abhishek Kumar, Avishek Saha, Hal Daume III, P. Thomas Fletcher and Suresh Venkatasubramanian, its abstract clarifies matters, […]

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