Category Archives: Math

Will Terrorists Attack Manhattan with a Nuclear Bomb?

Recently, a friend of mine who lives in Manhattan posed to me the question of whether she should be afraid of living there due to the threat of terrorists setting off a nuclear bomb. As I feel this is a … Continue reading

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Ordinary Least Squares Linear Regression: Flaws, Problems and Pitfalls

LEAST squares linear regression (also known as “least squared errors regression”, “ordinary least squares”, “OLS”, or often just “least squares”), is one of the most basic and most commonly used prediction techniques known to humankind, with applications in fields as … Continue reading

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Does Beauty Equal Truth in Physics and Math?

It is not uncommon to hear physicists or mathematicians talk about the “beauty”, “simplicity” or “elegance” of equations or theorems, and even claim that they are sometimes led to a correct formula (or away from an incorrect one) by considering … Continue reading

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