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The Best and Worst of 2018
We’ve made it through another year! So as is the custom, here’s a quick roundup of the best and worst things that happened in 2018. In math. Best of 2018 There were two really exciting developments in quantum computing this … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events
Tagged ABC conjecture, Ewin Tang, Harvard, MAA, Peter SwinnertonDyer, quantum computing, Teaching Evaluations, Urmila Mahadev
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A Mathematical Gift Guide
It’s that time of year again. The semester is winding down, mathematically rigorous 6fold symmetric snowflakes deck the halls, and Mariah Carey is on the top of the Spotify charts. And while all Mariah wants for Christmas is YOU, finding … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged apica, apriodical, Christopher Hanusa, Dana Mckenzie, decrypto, dice, Hannah Fry, James Grime, Matt Parker, Remondrian, roborally, Steve Mould, Thomas Lin, Uyen Nguyen, Walter Isaacson
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Significantly Statistical Blogs Redux
I was just reading this article about Statscan, the Canadian warehouse for storing data and the branch of the government charged with the statistical analysis of all things Canadian, and came across this dizzyingly amazing quote about Statscan: Its statistics … Continue reading
Posted in Statistics
Tagged Andrew Gelman, Frank Harrell, Simply Statistics, Statistical Thinking, Stats, Statscan, Thomas Lumley
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Not Those Midterms
I was reminded recently of a time a few years ago when I sent my students an email on November 4, 2014 with the following addendum “P.S. Don’t forget to vote in the midterms today.” The next day I was … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events
Tagged Brian Hayes, counting, Election, gerrymandering, Justin Solomon, Laura Albert, Midterms, moon duchin, queueing theory, voting
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The New Issue Of Chalkdust Magazine
The latest issue of Chalkdust Magazine dropped last week, and it’s filled with as much mathematical goodness as a fresh unopened box of Hagoromo “Fulltouch” chalk. It’s a proper glossy magazine — also available as a PDF — featuring profiles … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged Chalkdust, Chalkdust Magazine, Chris Bishop, Colin Beveridge, Euguenia Cheng, Hagoromo, TaeDanae Bradley
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Math Games That Make You Think
In the echo chamber, social media kinda world that we’re living in, network theory is playing an increasingly important role. So I was delighted, this morning, to spend several minutes playing an interactive game by the talented Nicky Case called … Continue reading
Posted in Game Theory, Mathematics and the Arts, Recreational Mathematics
Tagged games, graph theory, impact, network theory, Nicky Case, Segregation, Vi Hart
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The Thing Last Week With That Sexist Paper
Once again the mathematical world is rocked with scandal. Let me get you quickly up to speed. It started when a controversial paper on the variability hypothesis was accepted to the Mathematical Intelligencer. Shortly thereafter, University of Chicago mathematics professor … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events
Tagged computational biology, Larry Summers, Lior Patcher, sexism, terry tao, timothy gowers, variability hypothesis
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Seeing The Future From The Past
I just finished reading The Signal and the Noise, a book about predictions by the American statistician and blogger turned big time data journalist Nate Silver. I highly recommend it. The book came out in 2012 and there was some … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science
Tagged Bias, Facebook, Nate Silver, Predictive Modeling, Robin Hason, Statistics
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The Fat Tech Cat Diet
Like much of the world, I seem to live in a permanent state of vexation about technology, privacy, and how to survive in a world where so many access points are guarded by hungry algorithm crunching data trolls. This is … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Mathematics and Computing
Tagged algorithms, Apple, Cathy O'Neil, Google, privacy, Tech
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