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It’s not always possible to say A ≻ B or A ≺ B. Sometimes neither A nor B is smaller.        A≹B neither A nor B is more successful.   A≹B neither A nor B is prettier.   … 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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Ethnic Food as a Poset

I like Indonesian food better than Japanese food i ⪰ j, and I like Japanese food better than English food j ⪰ e. I also like French food better than English food f ⪰ e, but I see French food as so different … Continue reading

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