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July 27, 2016

Softwares for fMRI Yield Erroneous Results

June 27, 2016 — Common statistical methods used to analyze brain activity through images taken with MRI scanners cannot be trusted, shows a new ... read more

Crowdsourcing Platform Makes Public Gene Expression Data More Accessible

June 20, 2016 — Scientists have developed a free online platform that uses a crowdsourcing approach to make public gene expression data more accessible to biomedical researchers without computational ... read more

Automatic Debugging of Software

June 6, 2016 — Researchers have developed an adaptable, automated approach for debugging software that combines the elements of previous ... read more

Evaluating Patient Files Without Violating Privacy

May 9, 2016 — Patient files may contain vital hints for detecting diseases at an early stage. However, evaluating them would violate patient privacy. This is where mathematics can help, say ... read more

Stocks Overvalued Longer and More Often Than Previously Thought, Says Study

May 4, 2016 — A study of the most commonly-traded US stocks over the last 13-years finds 13,000 'bubbles,' or periods when the stocks were ... read more

Does Learning Improve When Every Student Gets a Laptop?

Apr. 26, 2016 — Schools that provide each student with a laptop computer, as well as the appropriate support for both students and teachers, see significant improvement in academic achievement, a new paper ... read more

Autonomous Vehicles Cannot Be Test-Driven Enough Miles to Demonstrate Their Safety

Apr. 12, 2016 — Autonomous vehicles would have to be driven hundreds of millions of miles and, under some scenarios, hundreds of billions of miles to create enough data to clearly demonstrate their safety, according ... read more

Could a Computer Tell You When Your Time Is Up?

Mar. 30, 2016 — Statisticians, computer scientists and medics are launching a new project to predict how long you will live. They will use 'Big Data' to predict life expectancy -- and particularly how ... read more

Misleading P-Values Showing Up More Often in Biomedical Journal Articles

Mar. 15, 2016 — A review of p-values in the biomedical literature from 1990 to 2015 shows that these widely misunderstood statistics are being used increasingly, instead of better metrics of effect size or ... read more

Statistical Significance and P-Values

Mar. 7, 2016 — The 'Statement on Statistical Significance and P-Values' includes six principles underlying the proper use and interpretation of the p-value and is intended to improve the conduct and ... read more

Mar. 1, 2016 — Since researchers first succeeded in mapping the human genome back in 2003, the technological development has moved at warp speed, and the process which at that time took several years and billions ... read more

New Prediction Tool Gives Warning of Rogue Waves

Feb. 25, 2016 — A new prediction tool may give sailors a 2-3 minute warning of an incoming rogue wave, providing them with enough time to shut down essential operations on a ship or offshore platform. The tool, in ... read more

250-Year-Old Research Methodology Helps Solve 21st Century Population Questions

Feb. 24, 2016 — Researchers have published an article arguing that Bayesian methodology, a statistical tool introduced by Rev. Thomas Bayes in the 18th Century, is vital in providing solutions to many difficult ... read more

Planning for a Disease Outbreak? There's a Game for That

Feb. 1, 2016 — Computer scientists and statisticians are turning disease outbreak planning exercises into a game. They’re creating powerful new software that can predict, simulate and analyze a major disease ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — James Joyce, Julio Cortazar, Marcel Proust, Henryk Sienkiewicz and Umberto Eco. Regardless of the language they were working in, some of the world's greatest writers appear to be, in some ... read more

Overwhelming Evidence? It's Probably a Bad Thing

Jan. 12, 2016 — The old adage that says 'If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is' has finally been put to the test -- mathematically. A team of researchers has found that overwhelming evidence ... read more

Watching the Ribosome at Work

Dec. 18, 2015 — A new statistical method could help to clarify the function of unknown genes. A research team has adapted and tested a filter method from speech signal processing that makes sequencing data more ... read more

Geometric Study of Brain Cells Could Change Strategies on Alzheimer's

Dec. 9, 2015 — Applying mathematical models used for studying the galaxies or interactions between elementary particles, researchers have analysed the spatial distribution of astrocytes: brain cells that are ... read more

'Shrinking Bull's-Eye' Algorithm Speeds Up Complex Modeling from Days to Hours

Nov. 17, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new algorithm that vastly reduces the computation of virtually any computational model. The algorithm may be thought of as a shrinking bull's-eye that, over several ... read more

Largest Ensemble Simulation of Global Weather Using Real-World Data

Nov. 10, 2015 — Using the powerful K computer, scientists have run an enormous global weather simulation. They ran 10,240 simulations of a model of the global atmosphere divided into 112-km sectors, and then used ... read more

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