Tag Archives: order theory

You can put more than one order on a set. For example, regarding salsas from the set {mild, medium, hot}: mild < medium < hot, where < means the predicate “is less spicy than” medium ≻ hot ≻ mild, where x≻y means … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with OKCupid’s Matching Algorithm

OKCupid is using the wrong mathematics to match potential dates together. But before I critique them, let me compliment them on what they’re doing right: “Our” mutual score is the geometric average of your score of me, and my score … Continue reading

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Talking in Tuples

Mathematics is the *Most* Different Language. In Can we make mathematics intelligible?, R P Boas jokes: There is a test for identifying some of the future professional mathematicians at an early age. These are the students who instantly comprehend a sentence … Continue reading

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