Big changes at economic census will provide new insights into US economy

Every five years, the US Census Bureau conducts an economic census, providing official benchmark measures of American business and the economy. Despite being less well-known than the population census, the economic census—based on a representative sample of approximately 4 million businesses from about 400 industries—is vital to understanding how the nonagricultural sectors of the US…

How number crunching can optimise crisp frying

Stacie Tibos, Associate Principal Engineer from PepsiCo, was one of the attendees at the 138th ESGI hosted by the IMI. Credit: University of Bath Optimising the frying time of crisps may not be an obvious application of mathematics, but this is one of the problems delegates to the 138th European Study Group with Industry (ESGI)…

'Stable marriages' between microbes, nutrients may explain diverse yet stable communities

Bliss Faculty Scholar and Professor of Bioengineering Sergei Maslov, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Credit: L. Brian Stauffer A mathematical model created by University of Illinois researchers could help scientists better understand an intriguing characteristic of microbial communities: their ability to achieve stability despite being so diverse. Microbial communities are…

Alarming error common in survey analyses

It is difficult to understate the importance of survey data: They tell us who we are and—in the hands of policymakers—what to do. It had long been apparent to Brady West, an expert on survey methodology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, that the benefits of survey data coexisted with a lack of training…