Intel STS finalist uses math to predict breast cancer spread

Inspired by her grandmother, Esha Maiti put statistics to use in medicine

By Bethany Brookshire, 13:44 PM March 24, 2014

Esha Maiti, 17, decided she wanted to study cancer after her grandmother passed away from misdiagnosed breast cancer. But at first she wasn’t sure where to start. Esha hit on her method in 10th grade. “I was in statistics class, and there was one of those Fun Fact boxes in my text book that talked about Monte Carlo simulations,” she says, “and I was thinking of cancer when I read that box, so I thought, ‘Oh! Maybe I could use a probabilistic method.’”

The senior at California High School in Sa...

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