pi-day post: in honor of Steven Hawking

March 14 is commonly written as “3-14” or “3 / 14” in the U.S., and because of that, has been dubbed “pi day” to celebrate the mathematical constant π = 3.141592

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The Algebra of Data

This book introduces an algebraic model of data. If you are familiar with relational algebra, then you can think of data algebra as a generalization. If you are not familiar with relational algebra, t

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Math has no god particle

There is an interesting article from FiveThirtyEight about the Atlas of Lie Groups and Representations, and more generally about why mathematicians are reluctant to talk to the press. They explore the

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New largest Mersenne prime found

The largest prime number was just found, and it is a Mersenne prime, or a prime number of the form 2n - 1. As of January 2016, 274,207,281 - 1 is the largest known prime. Primes are interesting in the

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Bayesian Drunk Driving

Driving drunk is illegal for a good reason, it’s way riskier than driving sober. This article isn’t about driving drunk though, it’s more about the sloppy thought processes that can

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Gini Coefficient and Income Distribution

The gini coefficient is a measure of income inequality. It is calculated by ordering the given population by income, then calculating the cumulative distribution, and finding out how much it deviates

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