Researchers develop new happiness index

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and Universitat de València (UV) have developed a new index to measure a country’s happiness. Named HAIN (HAppiness INdex), it is based on five areas – development, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace, each of which is evaluated based on quantitative…

Did you solve it? World Cup arithmetic

On my puzzle blog earlier today I set you three football table challenges: 1) England, Tunisia, Belgium and Panama make up Group G in the 2018 World Cup. Imagine that once they have all played each other the table looks like this. If you know only that England beat Tunisia 3-0, can you deduce the…

Predicting the outcomes of FIFA World Cup

Credit: CC0 Public Domain One of the favourites in soccer’s upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Germany, has just 13.3% chance of winning. And Australia has 14% chance of getting to the round of 16, but only 0.1% chance of winning. These are outcomes from an uncertainty model devised by University of Adelaide’s Professor Steve Begg.…