"Soccer" or "football" ... or math?

Call it what you will, to scientific researchers, it means math.

As the world turns its attention to South Africa this month for the 19th FIFA World Cup, mathematicians are finding themselves drawn to the event as well. The international football tournament provides another opportunity for mathematicians to study the nature of sport statistics.

And their findings and predictions may surprise you.

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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...

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