Pradeep Mutalik

Puzzle Columnist

When faced with a difficult decision, should you go with your gut or carefully calculate the attendant risks?
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When Probability Meets Real Life

When faced with a difficult decision, should you go with your gut or carefully calculate the attendant risks?

A method for estimating distances in sailing and astrophysics helps explain why riding on buses and boats can make us nauseous.
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Solution: ‘Triangulation and Motion Sickness’

A method for estimating distances in sailing and astrophysics helps explain why riding on buses and boats can make us nauseous.

What does measuring distances in sailing and astrophysics have to with motion sickness?
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How Triangulation Leads to Knowledge

What does measuring distances in sailing and astrophysics have to with motion sickness?

This holiday season, catch up on science and math news while solving our year-end crossword.
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Quanta’s Science and Math Crossword Puzzle

This holiday season, catch up on science and math news while solving our year-end crossword.

How well does the Nash equilibrium concept from game theory map to the real world?
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Solution: ‘Triumph or Cooperation in Game Theory and Evolution’

How well does the Nash equilibrium concept from game theory map to the real world?

In applying game theory to biology and human behavior, have scientists focused too much on competition over cooperation?
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How to Triumph and Cooperate in Game Theory and Evolution

In applying game theory to biology and human behavior, have scientists focused too much on competition over cooperation?

When equipped with hidden layers, deep neural networks can accomplish nonlinear feats that are difficult even with sophisticated mathematics.
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Solution: ‘How to Win at Deep Learning’

When equipped with hidden layers, deep neural networks can accomplish nonlinear feats that are difficult even with sophisticated mathematics.

What happens when you increase the number of layers in an artificial neural network?
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How to Win at Deep Learning

What happens when you increase the number of layers in an artificial neural network?

Puzzle solvers rediscovered a simple mathematical result of Mendelian genetics and weighed in on a Richard Dawkins metaphor.
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Solution: ‘Are Genes Selfish or Cooperative?’

Puzzle solvers rediscovered a simple mathematical result of Mendelian genetics and weighed in on a Richard Dawkins metaphor.

About the author

Pradeep Mutalik is a medical research scientist at the Yale Center for Medical Informatics and a lifelong puzzle enthusiast. He has published work in neurophysiology, animal behavior, artificial intelligence, radiology and consciousness. He wrote puzzle columns for The New York Times from 2009 to 2012 and curated the Enigma Cafe at the National Museum of Mathematics from 2012 to 2013.