Category: Mathematica

Volume rendering and large data sets

Volume rendering, a new feature in Mathematica 9, provides an efficient way to visualize very large data sets. I first learned of this feature from reading Jeffery Bryant’s post on the Wolfram blog.

Macklemore and Fourier

The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is a masterpiece. It is clearly the best album of 2012, and I suspect it will go down alongside classics like Illmatic, The Chronic, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The College Dropout.

New Year's Resolution: Be more interactive

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make this blog more interactive. To do this, I’ll be using Wolfram’s computable document format (CDF). You don’t need Mathematica to interact with CDF files, but you do need a free player.

Comparing stolen paintings: Picasso and Matisse

Art Heist Last week, burglars stole seven paintings from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam. The paintings included works by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, and Matisse. The loot is likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but the loss of these great pieces surpasses anything that can be calculated as a monetary figure.

Armchair mountaineering with Mathematica

In today’s blog post, we’ll show you how to use Mathematica’s plotting features to visualize geospatial data. Baintha Brakk, aka The Ogre, is a mountain in the Karakoram range in northern Pakistan.

Zing! Mathematica one-liners

I love the elegant simplicity of programming in Mathematica. There is something undeniably beautiful about accomplishing something complex in a concise chunk of code. A famous Mathematica mantra is, “if you are using a For loop, you are probably doing it wrong.

On Labor Day, make your computer's job easier with Milstein's method

In today’s post, we will explore numerical schemes for integrating stochastic differential equations in Mathematica. We will take an informal approach; for an in-depth treatment of stochastic differential equations, I recommend that you look at Stochastic Processes for Physicists by Kurt Jacobs and Modeling with Ito Stochastic Differential Equations by Edward Allen.

Gini Coefficients and the Olympic Medal Race

Today’s post will attempt to answer a provocative question: is the race for Olympic medal dominance getting more competitive? In the process of addressing this topic, we’ll learn how to directly import data from WolframAlpha into Mathematica.

Voronoi Diagrams in Mathematica

Ecological models sometimes find very unexpected applications. Work on wolf territory modeling by Mark Lewis’s research group at the University of Alberta has been employed by researchers studying gang territories in Los Angeles.