Brain research is underserved by statistics, says Carnegie Mellon's Rob Kass

Brain-related disorders impact almost everyone, either directly or through family or friends. For many of the disorders, whether they’re psychiatric or neurological, there are basic scientific descriptions and valuable treatment options, but none has a satisfactory cure because the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. The federal government launched the BRAIN Initiative in 2013 to…

Researchers offer new information warfare model

Credit: MIPT Researchers have collaborated to develop a mathematical model of information warfare in a society under periodic destabilization. The authors of the paper, which was published in Mathematical Models and Computer Simulations, have determined for the first time how periodic surges of propaganda in the mass media can disturb the balance between two opposing…

Simple statistics can be good enough

Gaussian distributions are simple and easy to understand, but for some data such as rainfall and wind speed, they can result in physically impossible tails to negative values. Credit: Marek Uliasz / Alamy Stock Photo Study of the mismatch between spatial environmental data and a commonly used statistical analysis suggests simpler statistics are sufficient in…