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Women are prouder than men, but men are more lustful, according to a Vatican report which states that the two sexes sin differently. A Catholic survey found that the most common sin for women was pride, while for men, the urge for food was only surpassed by the urge for sex. The report was based on a study of confessions carried out by Fr Roberto Busa, a 95-year-old Jesuit scholar.

2009-02-18

*Vatican Catholic lust statistics pride envy gluttony anger greed sloth confession sin Jesuit absolution gender*

People working with computers often sloppily talk about their system's “random number generator” and the “random numbers” it produces. But numbers calculated by a computer through a deterministic process, cannot, by definition, be random. Given knowledge of the algorithm used to create the numbers and its internal state, you can predict all the numbers returned by subsequent calls to the algorithm, whereas with genuinely random...

*mathematics computer statistics security cryptology random unpredictable radioactive*

The Correlates of War project seeks to facilitate the collection, dissemination, and use of accurate and reliable quantitative data in international relations. Key principles of the project include a commitment to standard scientific principles of replication, data reliability, documentation, review, and the transparency of data collection procedures. More specifically, we are committed to the free public release of data sets to the...

*database war statistics politics military history relationship international international relations*

UNdata is an internet-based data service which brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point.

*database United Nations reference international statistics*

For five years, Li's formula, known as a Gaussian copula function, looked like an unambiguously positive breakthrough, a piece of financial technology that allowed hugely complex risks to be modeled with more ease and accuracy than ever before. With his brilliant spark of mathematical legerdemain, Li made it possible for traders to sell vast quantities of new securities, expanding financial markets to unimaginable levels. His method...

2009-03-17

*mathematics economy statistics probability*

Predicting how large crowds will react in certain situations has long been the holy-grail for architects and planners.

2009-10-15

*crowd control complexity prediction statistics big brother sociology*