what do serial killers, epileptics and migraineurs have in common?

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what do serial killers, epileptics and migraineurs have in common?

Post  Jewishmother on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:22 am

My husband found the following abstract of an article:

Stochastic modeling of a serial killer
M. V. Simkin, V. P. Roychowdhury
(Submitted on 12 Jan 2012)

We analyze the time pattern of the activity of a serial killer, who during twelve years had murdered 53 people. The plot of the cumulative number of murders as a function of time is of "Devil's staircase" type. The distribution of the intervals between murders (step length) follows a power law with the exponent of 1.4. We propose a model according to which the serial killer commits murders when neuronal excitation in his brain exceeds certain threshold. We model this neural activity as a branching process, which in turn is approximated by a random walk. As the distribution of the random walk return times is a power law with the exponent 1.5, the distribution of the inter-murder intervals is thus explained. We confirm analytical results by numerical simulation.

The researchers also posit that people with epilepsy experience seizures when their brain hits a threshold level of neuronal excitation. We also feel that my migraines are triggered when that neuronal threshold is breached.............just an interesting connection............L

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so true

Post  chelle8178 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:02 pm

You are so right! Interesting observation...
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Post  charmed quark on Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:29 am

Love your title!


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