Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mathematical Competitive Game 2013-2014

Source: Société de Calcul Mathématique, SA

Checking an Industrial Process


The “Mathematical Games“, jointly organized by French Federation of Mathematical Games (FFJM) and Société de Calcul Mathématique (SCM), have existed for five years; the previous ones were:

  • In 2008-2009, conception of a bus transportation network in a city, in partnership with Veolia Transport;
  • In 2009-2010, conception of an electricity distribution network, in partnership with RTE (Réseau de Transport d’Electricité);
  • In 2011-2012, search for the best itinerary by a car, in partnership with the newspaper Auto Plus;
  • In 2012-2013, fighting forest fires in Siberia, in partnership with the Paris Firemen Brigade.
  • In 2013-2014, checking an industrial process

They deal with the resolution of a “real life” problem, that is a problem of general concern, but simplified in its mathematical contents. Still, the resolution typically requires several months of work.

Candidates may compete individually or as groups, for instance high school classes, or college students, or university students, preparing a “memoir” for the end of their studies.

Two categories of prizes are given:

Individual prizes:

  • For the winner: 500 Euros
  • For the second: 200 Euros
  • For the next three: 100 Euros each.

Prizes for groups:

  • For the winner: 500 Euros
  • For the second: 200 Euros
  • For the next three: 100 Euros each.

The total amount of prizes is therefore 2 000 Euros. The best solutions are published on the web site of FFJM, on the web site of SCM, and on the web sites of the partners. The official announcement of the results and the ceremony for prizes occur during the “Salon de la Culture et des Jeux Mathématiques” (Fair for Mathematical Culture and Games), which is held in Paris, each year, during the month of May.

The winners, previous years, gained considerable notoriety, both in the press and television in their respective countries.


Altmetric Score

Extending the Range of the Inductionless Magnetorotational Instability by Oleg Kirillov and Frank Stefani

Source: Altmetric   pdf

  • The Altmetric score 26.25 puts the article in the top 5% of all articles ranked by attention.
  • Very good compared to other articles of same age & journal (89th percentile)
  • Very good compared to articles of the same age (95th percentile)
Compared to all articles in Physical Review Letters

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Other articles of a similar age in Physical Review Letters

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