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Category Archives: Probability
Noise Stability and Threshold Circuits
The purpose of this post is to describe an old conjecture (or guesses, see this post) by Itai Benjamini, Oded Schramm and myself (taken from this paper) on noise stability of threshold functions. I will start by formulating the conjectures and … Continue reading
Randomness in Nature II
In a previous post we presented a MO question by Liza about randomness: What is the explanation of the apparent randomness of highlevel phenomena in nature? 1. Is it accepted that these phenomena are not really random, meaning that given enough … Continue reading
Posted in Philosophy, Physics, Probability
Tagged foundation of probability, Philosophy, Physics, Randomness
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Randomness in Nature
Here is an excellent question asked by Liza on “Mathoverflow“. What is the explanation of the apparent randomness of highlevel phenomena in nature? For example the distribution of females vs. males in a population (I am referring to randomness in terms … Continue reading
Posted in Probability
Tagged foundation of probability, Math Overflow, Philosophy, Physics, Randomness
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Midrasha News
Our Midrasha is going very very well. There are many great talks, mostly very clear and helpful. Various different directions which interlace very nicely. Some moving new mathematical breakthroughs; very few fresh from the oven. Tomorrow is the last day. Update: I will try … Continue reading
Four Derandomization Problems
Polymath4 is devoted to a question about derandomization: To find a deterministic polynomial time algorithm for finding a kdigit prime. So I (belatedly) devote this post to derandomization and, in particular, the following four problems. 1) Find a deterministic algorithm for primality 2) Find … Continue reading
Posted in Computer Science and Optimization, Probability
Tagged derandomization, polymath4, Randomness
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Midrasha Mathematicae: The Mathematics of Oded Schramm
Update: The midrasha is taking place now. After 3 and a half schooldays we have a break untill sunday. Clicking on the poster above will lead you the webpage of the event and to a link to an online broadcast of the … Continue reading
Posted in Conferences, Probability
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Test Your Intuition (10): How Does “Random Noise” Look
This is a bit unusual post in the “test your intuition” corner as the problem is not entirely formal. How does random noise in the digital world typically look? Suppose you have a memory of n bits, or a memory based on a larger … Continue reading
Answer to Test Your Intuition (9)
Two experimental results of 10/100 and 15/100 are not equivalent to one experiment with outcomes 3/200. (Here is a link to the original post.) One way to see it is to think about 100 experiments. The outcomes under the null … Continue reading
Buffon’s Needle and the Perimeter of Planar Sets of Constant Width
Here is an answer to “Test your intuition (8)”. (Essentially the answer posed by David Eppstein.) (From Wolfram Mathworld) Buffon’s needle problem asks to find the probability that a needle of length will land on a line, given a floor … Continue reading