Using Math to Predict Patient Response

Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients’ responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients’ likelihood of survival and suffering from further complications. Currently, mathematical models are not widely used in medicine, but Dr. Oberije’s findings suggest a bright future for integrating mathematics into medicine. Read more about the study here.

Monkeying Around

A University of Rochester study shows that baboons are able to understand numbers. Experimenters showed the monkeys peanut-filled cups and the monkeys then chose which cup contained more peanuts. Read more about the experiment and its conclusions here.

A Mathematician’s Major League Baseball Projections

Mathematician Bruce Bukiet of the New Jersey Institute of Technology has once a gain predicted a champion for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Bukiet provides a mathematical analysis to compute the number of games each team should win during the regular season. In the past, Bukiet has correctly predicted the World Series champion and even the number of games each team will win! Check out his predictions for this year here and learn more about baseball projections using mathematics here.