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Evolutionary computation offers flexibility, insight

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 2, 2011) — A Franklin University professor recently developed an evolutionary computation approach that offers researchers the flexibility to search for models that can best explain experimental data derived from many types of applications, including economics.

To test the algorithm underlying that approach, Esmail Bonakdarian, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Computing Sciences and Mathematics at Franklin, leveraged the...

TechAndComputer (Aug. 2, 2011) — A Franklin University professor recently developed an evolutionary computation approach that offers researchers the flexibility to search for models that can best explain experimental data derived from many types of applications, including economics.

To test...

Helping children learn to understand numbers: It's all in the way we speak to them

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 1, 2011) — Most people know how to count, but the way we master this ability remains something of a puzzle. Numerals were invented only around four to five thousand years ago, meaning it is unlikely that enough time has elapsed for specialized parts of the brain for processing numbers to evolve, which suggests that math is largely a cultural invention. It appears to be based on an interface between vision and reasoning that...

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Using math to fight cancer

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TechAndComputer (Aug. 1, 2011) — Researchers from the University of Miami (UM) and the University of Heidelberg in Germany have developed a mathematical model to understand and predict the progress of a tumor, from its early stages to metastasis, in hopes of creating highly personalized treatment strategies for patients who have cancer. The findings are published in Nature's new online journal Scientific Reports.

When a tumor forms in the...

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Common Korean surname tells tale of nationhood

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TechAndComputer (July 27, 2011) — The most common surname in Korea -- Kim -- has been traced back 1500 years using a statistical model, providing evidence of a strong, stable culture that has remained intact to this day.

In a study published July 28, 2011 in the Institute of Physics and German Physical Society's New Journal of Physics, researchers have been able to estimate that in the year 500 AD, 50,000 people carried a Korean family name, of...

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New software protects water utilities from terrorist attacks and contaminants

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TechAndComputer (July 26, 2011) — Americans are used to drinking from the kitchen tap without fear of harm, even though water utilities might be vulnerable to terrorist attacks or natural contaminants.

Now, thanks to CANARY Event Detection Software -- an open-source software developed by Sandia National Laboratories in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- public water systems can be protected through enhanced detection of...

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