Questions tagged [applications]

The [application] tag is meant for questions about applications of mathematical concepts and theorems to a more practical use (e.g. real world usage, less-abstract mathematics, etc.)

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How to derive the share of a prize given scores

I am curious to find out reasonable ways of dividing a prize among $n$ people in the following situation: To make the example specific, we have $6$ people in total who are going to share a prize of $...
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Both solutions to a quadratic make sense — looking for applications

I'm looking for reasonably real, non-abstract applications modeled by quadratic equations where both solutions make sense. I'd like them to be accessible to high school algebra students. One I come ...
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What are some applications of smoothing a piecewise polynomial?

What are some applications of smoothing a piecewise polynomial? For example, I am interested in learning from you: 1) In what future areas of my math studies will this be useful? and 2) Are there ...
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Problems and conjectures that have positive practical consequences for society, once solved

This question made me think a bit about how mathematics can be used in such a way that society benefits from it. I think there are quite a lot of good answers to the aforementioned question. Still, ...
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What is the use of remainders in polynomial division?

My class has just been taught about polynomial division, and how it can be used to see if something is a factor (although remainder theorem is quicker), if the remainder = 0. But what is the use of ...
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Practical applications of eigenvalues/eigenvectors in computer science

What are the most important/popular applications of eigenvalues and eigenvectors in practical terms, in fields such as computer science and computer graphics? Wikipedia does mention some but doesn't ...
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Finding volume of a cone through integration

I am trying to find the volume of a cone using integration through horizontal slicing. The cone has a base radius of 10cm and a height of 5cm. I am assuming this means I should integrate with respect ...
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What applications of the Residue Theorem to real integration have had the biggest impact outside of pure math?

A typical undergraduate student (at least in North America) learns about integration of real-valued functions of one real variable, and learns some of its applications to science and probability, e.g. ...
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Calculate map point in coordinates

I am creating a map application and I need help in calculation. I am having an image of map which is say 125px in height and 250px in width, I know coordinates of all the corners, now I want to find ...
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Calculating BMI (Body Mass Index)

If I'm given the following values: Weight = 15st 9lbs Height = 5.8 ft If we want to calculate the BMI, would it be: 33.30? ...
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how to find the application of ordinary differential equation

This question may be out of the scope of this website, if so let me know and i will delete it. so I am right now taking an ODE class, which i find to be mildly interesting, though it seems to be more ...
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What important problems require one to solve large systems of polynomial equations?

What is an extremely important problem that requires one to solve large systems of polynomial equations? I've heard of a number of "general areas" where the problems crop up (robotics, coding theory, ...
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Given enough DNA samples, would it be possible to reconstruct the entire genealogy tree of humanity? [closed]

DNA samples of live individuals. It would be more of a mesh/graph than a tree but you get what I mean. I guess we could only have access to potential graphs with varying degrees of probability. In ...
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Application of Panjer recursion scheme

I'm writing my bachelor (the argument is the Compound Poisson Process applied to insurance) and I need an example to complete it. I need an application of Panjer recursion scheme (for example ...
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Is there an application for the ability to quickly calculate similar integrals?

Is there an application for, or an industry that needs repeated calculations of similar integrals? Let me begin by explaining this a little. I began a little project, mostly for fun and learning, to ...
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Which features would be interesting for a mathematician in a fractal program?

Many years ago I wrote this fractal generator: http://uberto.fractovia.org/ It was shareware but then I put it as open source. It's written in Delphi, a language that I don't use anymore. So I'm ...
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Recent practical advances

I love interesting and deep mathematical results, but on the other hand I cannot object when someone says that most likely all these complicating abstract theorem will not make a change to human kind (...
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Applications of circumcircles?

Are there examples where the circumcircle of a triangle is useful in everyday life (not unrealistic or far-fetched ones)? Are there other interesting applications (physics, technology, mathematics)?
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In a periodic city is there a faster way to guess where people came from?

People move through their days in a city in regular patterns. At certian times you see certian people in certian places. These patterns are periodic. So, to make this more abstract, suppose you are ...
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communicating vessel formulas

i having trouble with this formula $$ Z1(t) = Ze+(\sqrt{Z1-Ze}-\frac{2S0}{S1}\sqrt{2g(1+\frac{S1}{S2})}.t)² $$ Z1 and Z2 are the heights of the vessels. S1 and S2 are the sections of the ...
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Distance from a point to a line in vector geometry - real world applications?

In vector geometry it is a standard example how to calculate the distance between a point and a line in space. However are there any interesting real world applications of this. I.e. where one wants ...
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Usage of Negative bases

With positional notation, is there any practical usage for negative bases? I recently learned that numbers can be represented in positional notation using a negative base, but I don't see any real ...
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Why are partial orderings important?

I was reviewing my old Discrete Mathematics notes, and I came across a section describing how Partial Orderings are identified. I understand this, but I can't seem to recall/find information on why ...
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Applied Math: Finding Roots

I am taking a Numerical Computation class, and we are currently learning about Newton's Method for finding the roots of a system of non-linear equations. I have no problems understanding how the ...
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What is this method called of calculating corrections for calculated values from measured values?

I am dealing with a piece of software which calculates temperatures, and corrects these based on measurements (which may be in error) as follows:- The difference between the corresponding calculated ...
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Find a price vector p for various prices of industries.

( Leontief input-output model ) Suppose that three industries are interrelated so that their outputs are used as inputs by themselves, according to the $3 \times 3$ consumption matrix A = [$a_{jk}$...
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Using Black-Scholes Equation to “buy” stocks

From what I understand, Black-Scholes equation in finance is used to price options which are a contract between a potential buyer and a seller. Can I use this mathematical framework to "buy" a stock? ...
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recommend paper on application of group theory

Application field can vary from biology\biochemistry, to computer science\coding theory, the more unexpected a connection to a field, the better. And paper preferably should be not very large one. ...
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Best Practices for Learning Mathematics (especially in the classroom)

What study practices have led you to the best success in learning mathematics (or applied math, or theoretical CS) in the classroom (undergraduate/lower graduate level), especially in courses that ...
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Risk process in Insurance

Let $R(t) = u + ct - \sum_{k=1}^{X(t)}Z_{k}, t\geq 0 $, be a risk process, where $u> 0$ is the initial capital of the insurance company and $c> 0$ is a premium rate. We know that the number of ...
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Who uses R with multicore, SNOW or CUDA package for resource intense computing?

who of you in this forum uses R (http://www.r-project.org/) with the multicore, SNOW or CUDA packages, so for advanced calculations that need more power than a workstation CPU? On which hardware do ...
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StarCraft II: Ladder math

At the Blizzcon 2010, StarCraft II multiplayer panel, this stuff was supposed to explain the ladder matchmaking system. I look at this and go eh? what!? Is any of this real? or are they just messing ...
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Understanding Black-Scholes

Assume I have only basic math knowledge, what specific areas of math would I need to learn in order to understand the following webpage: Black-Scholes Many thanks.
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How do you estimate the flow rate of one fluid into another like the Deep Horizon Oil leak?

How have experts estimated the amount of oil that was shooting out of that pipe in the Gulf? I bet there's some neat math or physics involved here, and some interesting assumptions considering how ...