Studies of vulnerable populations get a ‘bootstrapped’ boost from statisticians

A hallmark of good government is policies which lift up vulnerable or neglected populations. But crafting effective policy requires sound knowledge of vulnerable groups. And that is a daunting task since these populations—which include undocumented immigrants, homeless people or drug users—are usually hidden in the margins thanks to cultural taboos, …

Queueing technique to avoid congestion in physical and electronic network spaces

Scientists at Tomsk State University (Russia) have created a universal mathematical approach to queuing theory. It allows calculating the most efficient operation of the systems in which the processing of incoming flow takes place. In particular, it can be used to eliminate queues in shops and banks and eliminate mobile …

New math tools for new materials

University of Utah mathematician Graeme Milton presents a new tool for understanding how energy waves move through complex materials, opening up possibilities to design materials that absorb or bend energy as desired. His solution for so-called “analytic materials” was published November 15 in Proceedings of the Royal Society A. From:: …