Archive for September, 2012

MCS Students Blog from Abroad

Four students majoring in Math and Computer Science are studying abroad this semester and at least two of them are blogging about the experience. ┬áMath major Rebecca Anderson ’13 is writing the blog “Rebecca Goes to China” from Zhuhai, China, and Computer Science major Michael Patterson ’14 has contributed two posts so far to the […]

Analyzing Electronic Poll Books

I used my 2010-2011 sabbatical to delve into the application of computer technology to election administration, specifically what are known as “electronic poll book” systems. I’ve continued working on this since, with the latest outcome being a guest post on Bluestem Prairie showing that the “Center of the American Experiment’s claims for photo ID cost […]

On the Virtues of Monte Carlo Simulation – even for mathematicians (and actuaries)

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 11:30am-12:20pm Where: Olin Hall 318 Presenter: Gary A Hatfield, PhD FSA CFA CERA MAAA Investment Actuary, Corporate Actuarial, Securian Financial Group Over my years as an actuary, I have developed a deep appreciate of the power and value that Monte Carlo simulation brings as tool for gaining insight to various […]

Edge Subgroups of the Reals

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 12:30pm-1:20pm Where: Olin Hall 320 Presenter: Ron Rietz, Professor of Mathematics, Gustavus Adolphus College Let R be the group of real numbers under addition. A subgroup H of R is an edge subgroup in case there is a number x in R such that x is not an element of […]