The whole masonic-mathematics relationship probably confuses them enormously. Like choosing Beethoven instead of Bach or Mozart. Knowing the Ruskies, they've probably convinced themselves there's some incredible mathematical code hidden within the ritual.
Let me take a guess at what is happening here. What starts with statistical analysis becomes mathematical patterns, and being human we seize on any "big-space" patterns that are the same. (The Great Architect as a teddy bear, comforting to cuddle up to) Like planetary/cosmic cycles. The trouble is, most folk confuse planetary/cosmic cycles with astrology, and that kicks us off into a whole new twilight zone, where new insights are dismissed as crank theories. Which usually misses the original point, whatever it might be.
I'm just trying to add 3141 days to February 23, 2007.
>What starts with statistical analysis becomes mathematical patterns, and being human we seize on any "big-space" patterns
Armstrong is well past that. He says that no human can get its head around the complexity of the planet so he has set up a modelling system that finds patterns without human intervention. Quite often the set of models has accurately predicted global turning points to the day more than a decade ahead.
As I recall his models predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union some months in advance when no one in the West was doing so. His model detected the sharp increase in capital outflows as Russians attempted to get their wealth to safety.
I think if you read Armstrong regularly you may find quite a variety of cycles of differing length. So partly his model looks for coinciding peaks/troughs. The more coincidence the greater the expectation of an event.
It may be that the hidden secrets of nature are not immediately visible.