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Postby BB+ » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:51 am

It is has recently come to my attention that the spurt of zombie-modelling maths papers over the last few years have coalesced into a book.
http://www.press.uottawa.ca/mathematica ... of-zombies

An excerpt from #7, Demographics of Zombies in the United States by Daniel Zelterman, appeared in Significance, the periodical of two professional statistical societies. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... x/abstract

Here are some of the highlighted insights:
The principal beneficiaries of this research will be those who are prone to zombie-avoidance behaviours. Most readers of this work would prefer not to have their brains eaten.
The analysis supports our hypothesis that the states with the most Miss America winners also tend to have the fewest zombies. The direct cause and effect relationship cannot be inferred, of course.
Survivors of zombie attacks barricaded in a mall are less likely to become zombies themselves. This critical link serves to break the exponential feedback amechanism in which zombies beget ever more zombies.
The estimated regression on binge drinkers is negative. Intuitively, after seeing a zombie, many of us would start drinking heavily, but the data discounts this simple explanation.
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Re: Zombies

Postby janetfdoss » Fri May 08, 2015 6:29 am

I have a silly question about Zombies. Are Zombies a reality or not? I actually know that they are not reality but just a question here.
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Re: Zombies

Postby BB+ » Fri May 08, 2015 7:03 am

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/real-zombies-s ... tes-395145
So we come back to an earlier question, though now we ask not "could zombies become a reality", but "could there be infections out there which would change our behaviour, with little room for self-control"? Now the answer is a resounding "yes", as these already exist! We are, of course, very far away from the zombie apocalypse - however varied and bizarre the effects of these diseases are on humans, "cannibalism" is thankfully not one of them.
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Re: Zombies

Postby BB+ » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:05 am

janetfdoss wrote:I have a silly question about Zombies. Are Zombies a reality or not? I actually know that they are not reality but just a question here.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/scienc ... ssible.htm
10 Reasons Zombies Are Physically Impossible
Luckily for you, according to our current understanding of human biology, zombies just can't happen.

Personally, I think one reason should be enough. But maybe "our current understanding of human biology" is an inexact science.
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