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NewsAn idea that changed the world: Markov Chains Pin
Terrence Dorsey24-Jan-13 11:11
staffTerrence Dorsey24-Jan-13 11:11 
How about the one day in Russia that shook the world, and still does? That was Jan. 23, 1913, a century ago this week. Mathematician Andrey A. Markov delivered a lecture that day to the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg on a computational technique now called the Markov chain. Little noticed in its day, his idea for modeling probability is fundamental to all of present-day science, statistics, and scientific computing. Any attempt to simulate probable events based on vast amounts of data — the weather, a Google search, the behavior of liquids — relies on Markov’s idea.
Markov’s work is a core abstraction needed for modeling probability today.

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