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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mathematics and traffic an application of cellular automata

As a commuter living in a densely populated area with few public transport options I know too much about the daily traffic jams here. At work it is the #1 subject to discuss with colleagues. The Dutch speak about the traffic jams, weather and football ( but only if their team is winning ). Like eskimos have a zillion words for snow the Dutch have quite a vocabulary on traffic jams.

There is a wealth of information on the net about math applied to solving problems in traffic like this one:

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