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Messiness Rules: In high dimensions, disorder packs tightest

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10:30am, October 11, 2006

Should you find yourself with a 60-dimensional suitcase, the best way to pack it may be the easiest: Throw in everything in a jumble. That's the way to fit the most high-dimensional spheres into a fixed space, new research suggests.

The finding may be useful even to people without extra-dimensional luggage. It may improve the design of mathematical procedures called error-correcting codes used in computers to interpret noisy data.

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