Do Numbers Predict Better Than Nostradamus?

Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas? [1]

When I first presented my preliminary report on the test of divisibility of seven at the American Mathematical Society in 2002 [2], little did I know that my theory had a deep connection with Wawrinka’s Australian open 2014win?

My theory was:

Let N be a very large number and let J be the last 6 digits of N. Then, for an appropriate number I,

                  N = (10**6)*I + J.

Set M = I + J.Then N and M have the same remainder when divided by 7.

The reason for this is that

N – M = 7*142857*I.

By repeating this construction, one eventually reaches an M with 6 or fewer digits whose remainder upon division by 7 is the same as that of the original number. The rest of the theory will be available at a nominal fee i.e. on request by email.

If 14(year 2014), Wawrinka’s age 28 and his four set victory with 53(4+53) winners allude to the 142857, his ranking 8 before the end of Australian Open 2014 divided by 7 leaves a remainder of 1 i.e. the victor.

May be we can annotate any number to our proposed theories but let’s make it chaotic.

The essence of the proposed theory is that a great man named Roger Federer winning the Australian Open in 2004 for the first time could have had a chaotic effect on the current outcome. Does the universe conspire to produce certain results?

The “Butterfly Effect” is the essence of chaos. It is dependent immensely on the initial conditions (which is arguable). I am particularly interested in the great Mathematician Edward Lorenz’s theory. He coined the term “Strange Attractors”. The Lorenz Attractor is one of the strange attractors i.e. the dynamics on the system are chaotic.

Roger Federer and StanislasWawrinka’s lives could be separated by an indeterminate amount. They are from the same country but other than sharing the passion for tennis, I don’t think they participate in each other’s lives in a way of helping each other out to alter the course of a Grand Slam result. Hence in my opinion this could be termed as a “Strange Attractor”. This is not a conclusive argument and is definitely open for debate or even outright rejection based on a sound counter argument. That is the whole point of proposals of theories isn’t it?

Interestingly Lorenz Attractor’s differential equations are immensely dependent on the coefficients of three differential equations. If a, b, c are the coefficients they display chaotic behavior at these values[3]:

a = 28.0, b = 8/3, c = 10.0

Uncannily enough, the “a” corresponds to prediction of Wawrinka’s age, “b” corresponds to prediction of Roger/Wawrinka rankings post Australian Open and “c” corresponds to number of years before which Federer won his first Australian open in 2004. The plot looks like[4]:

The solution seems chaotic and resembles a butterfly revolving around the two points i.e. the “Strange Attractors”. The initial conditions assumed here are the Wawrinka prediction of one Grand Slam and Federer’s 17 slams before the 2014 Australian open.

March 28th is Wawrinka’s birthday and the simulations for a >28.0 seem to be chaotic too? Is it possible to develop a prediction model based on the chaos theory[5]? Are the Universe and the numbers in it masquerading as chaos actually conveying a deeper meaning? Could I run some more simulations and predict if how many Grand Slams more Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Azarenka and other favorite players of mine will win?

When weather prediction models can be developed based on the Butterfly effect can we develop a tennis winner prediction model too? Anybody game for an interesting startup(funding needed)?

[1] Edward Lorenz, December 1972 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C

[2] Test of divisibility of seven, a preliminary report by Ranjit Eswaran, American Mathematical Society 2002.



[5]The writer believes strongly in Chaos theory but is a novice and would love some guidance.

-Ranjit Eswaran [Ranjit Eswaran is the captain of the Tennis Galaxy at Sportz Cosmos. You can contact him at our gmail address: sportzcosmos]

8 thoughts on “Do Numbers Predict Better Than Nostradamus?

  1. so, as per the theory when is roger’s going to crown the next grandslam?
    is it fo 2014? wimby 2014? us o 2014?
    pls calculatee
    thnx in advance

  2. sure have put in a lot of effort into this Ranjith…though i don’t understand a lot – i see considerable effort going into it.

  3. Thanks guys for taking time to go through the theory. Prasad, the coefficients dont seem to converge on solutions for Roger’s current ranking and years, number of slams. I am still trying to get some time to run simulations to see if I can get the prediction for him to win one more slam :).

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