Our brain uses statistics to calculate confidence, make decisions

qua, fev 01 2017

The brain produces feelings of confidence that inform decisions the same way statistics pulls patterns out of noisy data. This feeling of confidence is central to decision making, and, despite ample evidence of human fallibility, the subjective feeling relies on objective calculations. ...

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Evaluating patient files without violating privacy

seg, jan 02 2017

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 investigators. ...

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Beach buoys deployed to detect beach contamination

dom, jan 01 2017

Beachgoers may soon be able to know in a timely manner if the water is clean enough for swimming, thanks to some new technology. Sensors in new buoys gather information, everything from temperature to how clear the water is. Using a cellular modem on board the buoy, the data are uploaded to a land-based server. ...

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