Archive for November, 2012

Calculated Clustering–An Application to Childhood Growth Trajectories

When: Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 3:30PM Where: Olin Hall Room 321 Presenter: Brianna Heggeseth, University of California, Berkeley Through the integration of technology into practically every aspect of our daily lives, it is becoming increasingly possible to collect massive amounts of data on individuals over time. My work revolves around finding meaning and structure in […]

Urn Problems and the Election

Anyone who has studied discrete probability has run into urns containing balls of varying colors, which are withdrawn according to seemingly arbitrary rules, always ending in the same big question that Jakob Bernoulli’s own students surely posed: Why do we even care? For example, suppose three urns are filled with the following balls. Urn 1: […]

Sequential Designs for Non-Stationary Problems

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 @ 3:30PM Where: Olin Hall Room 321 Presenter: Marian Frazier, The Ohio State University NASA is designing a new reusable rocket booster and wants to understand how flight characteristics like lift, drag, and pitch will change as a function of speed and angle of attack. Ossur wants to build a stronger […]

MCS Club T-shirt for Sale

It’s been years since the MCS Club has been represented in shirt form on the Gustavus campus. This year’s officers of the laid-back, fun-loving and often nerdy club thought this was unacceptable and started a design contest to choose the new club t-shirt. Many entertaining entries later, the students of the department voted on a […]

MCS Students Attend ACM Programming Contest

Six MCS students went to Macalester College today to participate in the annual ACM Programming Contest. The contest originally started at Texas A & M in 1970. It spread through North America and has branches and chapters throughout the world. “The contest fosters creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs, and enables students to test their ability […]