Probability is a mathematical discipline whose aims are akin to those, for example, of geometry of analytical mechanics.In each field we must carefully distinguish three aspects of the theory: (a) the formal logical content,(b) the intuitive background,(c) the applications.The character, and the charm, of the whole structure cannot be appreciated without considering all three aspects in their proper relation.William Feller, An Introduction to Probability Theory and its […]
Westfield State is fortunate enough to have an amazing group of math faculty involved in IBL via their Discovering the Art of Mathematics project. Check out the latest blog post (HERE), with guest blogger Steven Strogatz, commenting as a new IBLer, and having a great time in class. Nice!Kudos to Chrissi, Volker, Phil, Julian, Steven, and all the Cornell math faculty interested in IBL!
It’s conference season! I’m hanging out in very warm Zurich with the biggest names in my field – scattering amplitudes. Sure it’s good fun to be outside the office. But there’s serious work going on too! Research conferences are a vital forum for the exchange of ideas. Inspiration and collaboration flow far more easily in … Continue reading Conference Amplitudes 2015! →
Another arXived paper in the recent series about big or tall data and how to deal with it by MCMC. Which pertains to the embarrassingly parallel category. As in the previously discussed paper, the authors (Xiangyu Wang, Fangjian Guo, Katherine Heller, and David Dunson) chose to break the prior itself into m bits… (An additional […]
Can we compare apples and oranges? We certainly can…when we use statistics! In the activity Comparing Two Numerical Distributions, students compare two populations by looking at the similarities and/or differences between them. The populations in this activity are drawn from familiar real world scenarios to which students can relate. This way, the comparisons and interpretations […]