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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 3-4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In statistics, what refers to any statistical relationship between two random variables or two sets of data?
(a) Commonality.
(b) Prediction.
(c) Dependence.
(d) Diversity.

2. In what year did Benoit Mandelbrot recognize the ghost of an idea when he spotted a diagram charted out on the blackboard in Hendrik Houthakker's office?
(a) 1954.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1960.
(d) 1957.

3. Who is attributed with the following quote in the beginning of Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs": "The result of a mathematical development should be continuously checked against one's own intuition about what constitutes reasonable biological behavior"?
(a) Steven Smale.
(b) Benoit Mandelbrot.
(c) Harvey J. Gold.
(d) Stanislaw Ulam.

4. What is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere?
(a) Thermodynamics.
(b) Fractal compression.
(c) Meteorology.
(d) Physiology.

5. Where is the main laboratory for the Thomas J. Watson Research Center?
(a) Chicago, Illinois.
(b) Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
(c) Yorktown Heights, New York.
(d) Indianapolis, Indiana.

Short Answer Questions

1. What refers to a computer program or network of computers that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system?

2. What is a branch of physics which employs mathematical models and abstractions of physics to rationalize, explain and predict natural phenomena?

3. In Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect," the author writes, "The Butterfly Effect acquired a technical name: sensitive dependence on _____________"?

4. In mathematics and statistics, a _____ is a quantity that serves to relate functions and variables using a common variable when such a relationship would be difficult to explicate with an equation.

5. What mathematical theorem states that every simply connected, closed 3-manifold is homeomorphic to the 3-sphere?

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