# Catch stochasticity of nature

Do you know of anything that comes close to topic 3 on

http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/DSO/Programs/23_Mathematical_Challenges.aspx

Capture and Harness Stochasticity in Nature Address Mumford’s call for new mathematics for the 21st century. Develop methods that capture persistence in stochastic environments

What does this challenge actually mean? What do I have to search if I wanted to see if progress has been made? :)

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Open question does not mean open-ended question. – Thomas Andrews Mar 23 '12 at 2:37
In context, it may be about "catching and harnessing" tax dollars. – daniel Mar 23 '12 at 2:52
I hope Perelman never finds out about Mathematical Challenge $9$, which could be more briefly stated as "the Poincaré conjecture and better plastics." – André Nicolas Mar 23 '12 at 5:39
Sorry about the blasphemy of asking for things with real world benefit instead of money dumps :/ – Gerenuk Mar 23 '12 at 14:01