New stats apps show a virtual reality

A snapshot of two apps developed to visualize and compare climate model output and output from a statistical model (emulator). The statistical emulator app reproduces annual three-dimensional temperature from 1850 to 2100 (a) and reproduces daily winds over the Arabian peninsula from 1920 to 2100 (b). Credit: KAUST The latest advances in computing and virtual…

Can maths solve the fake news voting conundrum?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain With the American midterm elections around the corner, rumours of a UK general election in the winter, and a potential second referendum on Brexit, mathematicians from the University of Surrey and AXA Switzerland have produced a mathematical model that details the impact of fake news on voting behaviour. In a paper…

Mathematics as weapon against desertification

Google Earth image from the research area (8°5’N; 47°27’E), with clear vegetation patterns.  Ph.D. student Robbin Bastiaansen applies mathematics to get insight in practical problems. By comparing mathematical models with developments in existing ecosystems, he hopes to demystify the process of desertification. His research has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS),…