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{ Monthly Archives } April 2008

Monkeys, Cognitive Dissonance, and Hiding in Plain Sight

If you have taken an undergraduate psychology class, you probably have heard about the experiment where monkeys, having previously shown little or no preference between red, blue, and green M&Ms are offered them in pairs. First blue and red is offered, and the one not chosen (say blue) is offered against green. About 2/3 of […]

Final Four based on Salaries has the college basketball bracket based on median salaries of its graduates (5-10 years after graduation). Stanford ($113,000) beats Notre Dame ($99,100) in the final, with Duke ($96,800) and Georgetown ($92,500) the other two in the final four. I always do my picks based on the quality and quantity of operations research done at […]

Ant Colonies in the Skies

“Discoveries and Breakthroughs in Science” is a producer of short TV clips on results in math and science. INFORMS is involved with them, and is seeking story ideas to pitch to them. This month’s mathematics story is about using ant colony optimization to help run an airport, with an emphasis on the gate assignment problem. […]