Categorie: Samenleving

Academetrics: the math behind predicting Oscar winners

The biggest night of Hollywood is almost upon us! On the night of February 9th, the annual Academy Awards will be awarded. The biggest names of Hollywood will gather in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate yet another year of cinematic achievements. During the ceremony, 24 golden statuettes, known as an “Academy Award of Merit” or “Oscar”, will be awarded. Every year there is an incredible fuzz when the nominees are announced and the excitement lasts until the actual award ceremony. This makes you wonder whether or not this excitement is justified. The […]

21 januari • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen 6 minuten
artificial intelligence

21st-century discrimination

The past decade has been the decade of artificial intelligence. With the abundance of data that is generated every day, more and more decisions are made using data analytics and algorithms. The rise of AI in the 21st century has been swift and it has made an impact on almost every field. However, just as many good things, artificial intelligence also has a downside which came to light when in the 1980s some staff members of St. George’s Hospital Medical School noticed a lack of diversity among their students. They started an inquiry to investigate […]

14 januari • Door Fenna Beentjes Tijd om te lezen 8 minuten

Oud en nieuw in andere landen

Anderhalve week geleden is het jaar 2020 ingegaan. Nederland kent voor dit feest zijn eigen tradities. Zo gaan krantenlopers bijvoorbeeld een paar dagen, voordat het nieuwe jaar ingaat, langs de deuren om iedereen de beste wensen voor het nieuwe jaar te wensen. Op 31 december bakken (en eten) veel mensen oliebollen of bedenken hun goede voornemens voor het nieuwe jaar. Sommigen besluiten om meer te gaan sporten; anderen besluiten om aan “dry january” mee te doen. Om twaalf uur vieren we vervolgens het ingaan van het nieuwe jaar met champagne en vuurwerk. En tot slot […]

09 januari • Door Esther Valkonet Tijd om te lezen 3 minuten

Fighting deforestation with big data

Deforestation is one of nature’s biggest problems. According to current satellite data, tropical forests are being destroyed at a rate of 8,8 million hectares per year, about twice the size of the Netherlands. Unlike a certain mr. Gump, these forests can’t run anywhere. However, a new technology developed by WWF might be able to predict when and where forests will be cut, and therefore intervene before it is too late. This article describes this potential breakthrough against deforestation. The situation Illegal deforestation is defined as cutting, transporting, adapting, buying or selling wood without authority of […]

10 december • Door Sjors Keet Tijd om te lezen 6 minuten

Libra: Facebook’s valuta

Tot de verrassing van velen komt Facebook in het komende jaar met zijn eigen cryptocurrency. Helemaal na verschillende schandalen in de behandeling van persoonlijke data. Toch wordt verwacht dat Libra zal uitkomen in de eerste helft van komend jaar. Wat is de huidige stand van zaken, en gaat dit onze euro vervangen? Als alles volgens plan gaat, moet het mogelijk zijn om met deze valuta te kunnen betalen in verschillende apps van Facebook zoals Whatsapp, Messenger en Instagram. Ook wordt het mogelijk voor 3e partijen om deze mogelijkheid te integreren in hun apps. Libra is, […]

28 november • Door Max Kloosterman Tijd om te lezen 3 minuten

Save the planet, paint a cow!

We live in a time where we pay a lot of attention to the environment. You should always be looking for improvements and those can be found in the most extraordinary fields. You might wonder how painting a cow can save the planet, and that is a perfectly good question to ask yourself. Fortunately, that will be explained in this article.   First of all, painting a cow can be read in multiple ways. In this case we are talking about applying paint on the skin of a cow. Experimental studies suggest that cows painted […]

07 november • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen 3 minuten

#MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day

Earth Overshoot Day is the calculated date on which humanity’s resources consumption for the year exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. According to the Global Footprint Network, in 2019 the Earth Overshoot Day was on 29 July, which is earlier than ever. This date has moved up the calendar by two months over the past 20 years and not a single of the EU countries is performing at a sustainable level yet. World’s population is using natural resources 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystem can regenerate. This is possible because we […]

22 oktober • Door Renske Zijm Tijd om te lezen 6 minuten

Putting the con in Eurovision Song Contest

May 18, for the first time in 44 years Holland received one of the biggest prices in existence. Approximately 182 million people from all over the world witnessed the epic battle that was decided in the last minutes of the contest. Of course you will know which contest is meant: The Eurovision Song Contest! On the 18th of May, Duncan Lawrence grasped the victory with his song Arcade. With 498 points he beat runner-up Italy with a mere 26 points. This is of course very exciting because it means that in 2020 the Eurovision Song […]

08 oktober • Door Jochem Hak Tijd om te lezen 7 minuten

De vriendschap paradox

Ken je dat gevoel dat jouw vrienden over het algemeen meer vrienden hebben dan jij? Dat is waarschijnlijk ook zo! Sterker nog, het is wiskundig aangetoond dat jouw vrienden over het algemeen meer vrienden hebben dan jij. De gemiddelde Facebook gebruiker heeft dan ook minder Facebookvrienden dan dat zijn gemiddelde Facebookvriend heeft. Dit klinkt erg onlogisch, vandaar dat dit fenomeen “de vriendschap paradox” heet.  In 1991 ontdekte Scott Feld dat het concept “de vriendschap paradox” bestond, na het uitvoerig bestuderen van sociale netwerken. Hoe onlogisch de paradox ook klinkt, de  wiskunde redenatie achter het fenomeen […]

10 september • Door Mark Woelders Tijd om te lezen 4 minuten

Mathematical solution for gerrymandering

The fairness of the elections in America has been a point of discussing for quite a while. In 2012, Republicans won a majority of 33 seats in the House, but got 1.4 million fewer votes than their Democratic opponents. Such a result is a sign of gerrymandering, the practice of drawing voting districts to favour or disfavour certain candidates or political parties. It is a good tool gain more votes and has a significant impact on the electoral system and the democratic process. The problem is that gerrymandering encourages political parties to be in power […]

28 mei • Door Renske Zijm Tijd om te lezen 4 minuten

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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