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Category Archives: Mathematics and Computing
Regression, Twitter, and #Ferguson
Like many people, I have been following news about the events in Ferguson, Missouri with shock and sorrow for almost two weeks. I have been following these events as a human, not as a mathematician. But there’s a mathematical side … Continue reading
Posted in Events, Mathematics and Computing, Statistics
Tagged algorithms, big data, current events, data analysis, Emma Pierson, Facebook, ferguson, social media, twitter, Zeynep Tufekci
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Alias, Schmalias
While the great line from Romeo and Juliet: “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” rings true, would a digital rose smell as sweet? We often think of the digital world as a mere “renaming” of the … Continue reading
Visualize Your Algorithms
As a college student in the ‘90’s with a penchant for “visual learning” I was never drawn to computer science. My one computer science class focused mostly on syntax and basic logic. Had shuffling and sorting been presented as eyecatching … Continue reading
The Human Side of Computer Science
Dick Lipton is a computer science professor at Georgia Tech who thinks P=NP, and Ken Regan is a computer science professor at the University of Buffalo who thinks P≠NP. Together, they are “Pip,” a DickKens character. Today I want to … Continue reading
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Tagged computer science, Dick Lipton, Ken Regan, P=NP, quantum computing
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Mathemagical Thinking
So maybe you’ve seen the Flash Mind Reader. If not, go ahead and try it! I wouldn’t dream of depriving you (especially as this is year’s MAM theme is mathematics, magic, and mystery awareness). What you are asked to do … Continue reading
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum
The firstever Heidelberg Laureate Forum is taking place this week. It’s modeled after the decadesold Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, which bring together Nobel Laureates and young researchers for a conference on a particular topic. Mathematics and computer science are not … Continue reading
String Art, Bezier Curves, Picasso, and me
Going through some old boxes at my parents house the other day I ran across some line drawings I made as a teenager. At the time I found it fascinating that just by drawing straight lines I could create beautiful … Continue reading