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jgwil2 6 days ago | hide | past | favorite

I'm quite annoyed at the headline. It promises a mystery; but there was none. It implies that math was be involved; it's not. Basically they just appear to have scraped data from a database with an auto-incrementing primary key.

To save you some time: from the title I thought it would be some sophisticated statistical modeling, or cracking crypto, or something else that involves nontrivial math. Which would be interesting.

What actually happened, obfuscated by tons of useless filler: death certificates are public on civil registry website, accessible by a sequential ID starting from 1, so all it takes is a binary search for what is essentially max(rowid).

Lucky for them that local Mexican authorities were at least good at managing a database of deaths.

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