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Math and Actuarial Science Background
Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Colloquia Speakers

There are no scheduled Colloquia talks for 2021.

2019 Fall Colloquia

Lara Pudwell, PH. D.,Associate Professor, Valparaiso University

Friday, October 11, 2019
2:00 PM
Jordan Hall 236

What's In Your Wallet?

You may associate this title with credit card commercials, but it is also an invitation to some interesting probabiliistic mathematics.  A Markov chain is a model for analyzing sequeces of events where each event only depends on the result of the previous event.  In this talk, we will explore Markov chains in general and use them to answer the particular question "What is the most likely distribution of coins to have in your wallet?".

All events are free and open to the public.  Please join us!

Stefano Silvestri, Ph.D., Instructor, butler University

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Chaos Game

Consider the points A, B, C forming the vertices of a triangle.  Suppose you repeatedly move a point in the plane halfway towards a randomly chosen vertex. If you keep track of the position of the point at each move, do you expect a pattern to emerge or simply a smeary mess inside the triangle?  What if you move a quarter of the way towards A but halfway towards B and C? What about if we moved towards the vertices of a different polygon?  Studying the mathematics underlying this game was instrumental, for instance, in developing smaller cellphones and making amazing Marvel's movies!

Please joint us; all events are open to the public.

J. James Woods Lecture Series

Lectures in the Sciences and Mathematics

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All events are free and open to the public.