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Where Math Meets Art: The Multiverse of Artist Michael Petry

Posted on · If you saw last year’s Best Picture nominee, The Imitation Game, you’re familiar with the story of Alan Turing. Turing was a British mathematician and computer scientist who helped crack the Nazi’s enigma code, which helped win World War II. And he’s considered one of the fathers of computer science. Often, when we think about […]

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Law Professors Have Created an Algorithm to Predict Supreme Court Cases

Posted on · Predicting court cases can be difficult, but a professor at the South Texas College of Law says he and his colleagues have built a model that’s pretty close. Josh Blackman says they’ve created an algorithm that correctly predicts many of the cases decided by the Supreme Court since 1953. But how accurate is it?

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Falls Short: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Posted on · Late Monday, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman announced opponents of the recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance fell short of the signatures required to trigger a November vote to consider repealing the measure. While they had gathered enough raw signatures, thousands were on pages not collected based on the city charter’s legal standards and […]