The problem Consider a function \(f: [0, 1] \to \mathbb{R}\) that is continuous with \(f(0) = f(1)\). It is possible to prove that for …

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Introduction Many mathematicians have a rough mental list of “desert island” books - a small set of books they would choose if stranded …

In chapter 1 of their 2016 book Computer Age Statistical Inference, Bradley Efron and Trevor Hastie use as an example a study of kidney …

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I recently came across a surprising connection between the geometric mean and logarithms. At least, it was surprising to me, but isn’t …

In a previous post, I said that an appropriate purgatory for physicists would be to have them read all of the words ever written on the …

In my last post, I discussed the geometric mean and how it relates to the more familiar arithmetic mean. I mentioned that the geometric …

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