Weekly links for September 30

The Mathematics Behind xkcd: A conversation with Randall Munroe.

Carl Bialik at the Wall Street Journal writes about which voters are the most powerful in US presidential elections.

Forget your fancy data science: try overkill analytics.

Dynamic pricing for drinks, from Wired via io9.

An overview of mathematics at Google.

Identification of fraudulent elections. (Basically, if a region has abnormally high turnout and most of the votes go to a single candidate, be suspicious!)

Call me maybe and the prisoner’s dilemma.

Andrew G Haldane: The dog and the frisbee, via John D. Cook (Cook points out that you want to use a simple model when possible, because complicated models are less robust.)

Optimizing your baggage claim experience.

What is the optimal way to find a parking spot?

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