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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
Hop in my Delorian and we’ll travel back in time and appropriately tweak our predictive models. Imagine courtesy of William Warby via FlickCC. I just finished reading The Signal and the Noise, a book about predictions by the American statistician … 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
This got me thinking about the things that live inside my phone. 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 … Continue reading
Posted in Data Science, Mathematics and Computing
Tagged algorithms, Apple, Cathy O'Neil, Google, privacy, Tech
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On Math Anxiety
Just below the placid surface is an infinite wellspring of anxiety. Image courtesy of Christopher Michel via Flickr CC. Math anxiety is so real. We’ve always kind of known it, but a study confirmed it in 2017. By reading the … Continue reading
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Welcome To The Blog
If you’re new to the blog, welcome. We are the Blog on Math Blogs, your premier destination for blog reviews, tours of the mathematical blogosphere and all the cool math stuff that lives on the internet (omg there’s so much … Continue reading
Posted in Math Communication
Tagged Mass Media Fellow, Rachel Crowell, Rewire, Science News For Students
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Return Of The Bots
Bots have been getting some extra love on the internet these days, particularly in the form of the I Forced A Bot meme. So I thought it would be a good time to revisit all things bot, neural network and … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged AI, AIweirdness, bots, deep learning, entertainment, Janelle Shane, Natalie Wolchover, neural networks
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Some Math for Wedding Season
It’s that time of year when happy friend and family gather to celebrate the entry of two singletons into forever tupledom. That inevitable mapping from the set of people into the set of pairs of people, with its ever changing … Continue reading
Some Revelations In My Tech Free Adventure
I’m still in Tanzania, still with limited access to technology resources, so I wanted to take this post to share with you a few technologyfree mathematical revelations I’ve had during my time here. First, the pedagogical revelation. I’m teaching a … Continue reading
Teaching Offline
I’m in Bagamoyo, Tanzania at the moment teaching two summer courses to a group of undergraduate students at Marian University College. This experience is different from my typical teaching experience along several dimensions. I am teaching Complex Analysis to a … Continue reading