Monthly Archives: April 2018

How many melodies are there?

Introduction The title question came up recently, which I think makes for an interesting combinatorics exercise. The idea is that, given the extent of “borrowing” of past musical ideas by later artists, are we in danger of running out of … Continue reading

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Picking a perfect NCAA bracket: 2018 was the most unlikely tournament so far

Introduction Every year, there are upsets and wild outcomes during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But this year felt, well, wilder. For example, for the first time in 136 games over the 34 years of the tournament’s current 64-team format, … Continue reading

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