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Ants’ movements hide mathematical patterns
11 May 2015 10:14
SINC

When ants go exploring in search of food they end up choosing collective routes that fit statistical distributions of probability. This has been demonstrated by a team of mathematicians after analysing the trails of a species of Argentine ant. Studies like this could be applied to coordinate the movement of micro-robots in cleaning contaminated areas for example.

Cooperation is learned through practice, according to a mathematical model
28 May 2014 9:49
SINC

When we must choose between cooperating with others or betraying them, we are more likely to cooperate if they have acted like this with us or if we ourselves have behaved altruistically. We do so because learning reinforces what has gone well for us and not because we imitate successful people. These are the conclusions highlighted in a study conducted by the Carlos III University of Madrid based on the prisoner’s dilemma, a popular model for studying conflict.

La selección española luce la estrella de campeona del mundo desde 2010 / EFE
Computational methods explain the success of the Spanish national football team during the World Cup in South Africa
10 December 2013 9:47
SINC

The associative game that the Spanish football team played during the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 was the key to winning the championship. Spanish researchers have analysed the combination of ball passes between the players of the Spanish team during this event to explain the results obtained according to the behaviour of the players and the movements of the ball.

Network theory to strengthen the banking system
9 December 2013 10:30
uc3m

A mathematical and computational study by the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) based on network theory suggests that restructuring certain interbank loans would help to contain the spread of economic crises in the financial system.

Mathematics
1675: Leibniz writes the integral sign ∫ for the first time
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1675: Leibniz writes the integral sign ∫ for the first time
29 October 2013 10:53
WEARBEARD

1675: Leibniz writes the integral sign ∫ for the first time. / Wearbeard