This math puzzle will help you plan your next party

Mapping connections at your next shindig. Credit: unclibraries_commons Let’s say you’re planning your next party and agonizing over the guest list. To whom should you send invitations? What combination of friends and strangers is the right mix? It turns out mathematicians have been working on a version of this problem for nearly a century. Depending…

Taking it to the Tweets—statistics proves Twitter a powerful tool in forecasting crime

Although most people don’t broadcast in advance their intention to engage in criminal activity, University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Systems and Engineering Information Matthew Gerber has discovered that the use of Twitter can help predict crime. Gerber’s research and work developing statistical crime prediction methods will be presented on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at…

Redefine statistical significance: Large group of scientists, statisticians argue for changing p-value from .05 to .005

Relationship between the P-value threshold, power, and the false positive rate. Credit: PsyArXiv, 22 July 2017. (Phys.org)—A large group of scientists and statisticians has uploaded a paper to the PsyArXiv preprint server arguing for changing the p-value from .05 to .005. The paper outlines their reasons for suggesting that the commonly used value for assigning…

HBO programming stolen in cyberattack

HBO has had some of its programming stolen in what is being described as a cyber incident. The company says that it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity firms. HBO CEO Richard Pepler says in an email to the network’s employees that “proprietary information” was stolen in the hack. Spokesman Jeff Cusson would…

Cable company Charter says no interest in buying Sprint

This Wednesday, April 1, 2015, file photo shows an entrance to Charter Communications’ headquarters in Town and Country, Mo. Charter, one of the largest cable companies in the U.S., says it’s not interested in buying wireless carrier Sprint, the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. According to published reports, Sprint had proposed an acquisition by Charter.…

Biofeedback technology helping improve balance in Parkinson's patients

Smarter Balance System. Credit: University of Houston University of Houston researchers in the Department of Health and Human Performance are helping patients with Parkinson’s disease regain stable balance and confidence in performing daily activities in their own homes. A research team is developing the Smarter Balance System (SBS), a smartphone-based biofeedback rehabilitation system that guides…