H1N1 in Households, or the Math of Spreading Swine Flu

H1N1 Swine Flu Awareness : image by miamism (Ines Hegedus-Garcia)

Researchers used the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu to produce a mathematical model capable of predicting the spread of pandemic flu infections within households and other populations.

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How to Convert the Base of an Exponent with Logarithms

The number e as a Sum to Infinity : Image by Mike DeHaan

Why would anyone want to convert an exponential expression from one base to another? Why would logarithms help? Mike DeHaan breaks down the math for you.

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Introducing the Binomial Coefficient for Positive Integers

math-cards

How many ways can we select ‘k’ outcomes from ‘n’ possible outcomes, without concern for order/sequence? The binomial coefficient holds the answer.

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Population Prediction of More Retirees, Fewer Workers by 2100

elder care

A new Bayesian population model shows the number of workers, compared to the number of elderly in need of support, declining dramatically between now and 2100 AD. Will future workers be able to support their parents?

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Trace the Source of a Rumour or Epidemic via its Network

tracing social networks

A new algorithm can more efficiently locate the beginning of a social event, such as a health epidemic or online rumor.

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