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Monthly Archives: December 2020
Rigid heptagon linkage
In January 2000, Erich Friedman considered the problem of finding a rigid unitdistance graph G containing a regular heptagon as a subgraph. That is to say, the graph is immersed in the plane such that: every edge of G must … Continue reading
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BarretoNaehrig curves and cryptographic pairings
There’s a very elegant cryptographic construction discovered by Barreto and Naehrig in a 2005 paper. It is beautiful from a pure mathematical perspective, but also has an impressive application: it was* part of the ingenious mechanism by which Zcash supports … Continue reading
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Shallow trees with heavy leaves
There are two very different stateoftheart chess engines: Stockfish and Leela Chess Zero. Stockfish searches many more positions (100 000 000 per second) and evaluates them using computationally cheap heuristics. The tree search methodology is a refinement of alphabeta pruning. … Continue reading
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Let the circumcentre be your origin
Suppose we have two vectors, u and v, in a Euclidean vector space. If we wanted to somehow quantify the proximity of these two vectors, there are two particularly appealing choices: the squared distance, u − v²; the inner product, … Continue reading
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