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275A, Notes 0: Foundations of probability theory | What's new
"Starting this week, I will be teaching an introductory graduate course (Math 275A) on probability theory here at UCLA. While I find myself using probabilistic methods routinely nowadays in my research (for instance, the probabilistic concept of Shannon entropy played a crucial role in my recent paper on the Chowla and Elliott conjectures, and random multiplicative functions similarly played a central role in the paper on the Erdos discrepancy problem), this will actually be the first time I will be teaching a course on probability itself (although I did give a course on random matrix theory some years ago that presumed familiarity with graduate-level probability theory)."
math  probability  statistics  intro  terrytao  blog  post 
july 2018 by joecamel
Geometric Algebra / Observable
Nice big-picture intro (exterior algebra, differential forms, exterior derivative, cohomology, dirac matrices)
math  intro  geometric.algebra  observable  interactive 
june 2018 by joecamel
The Mathematical Surprises of Triangles, Squares and Pentagons - Scientific American Blog Network
On his 101st birthday, Martin Gardner's legacy continues to inspire new breakthroughs
2015  martin.gardner  tiles  math 
may 2018 by joecamel
Decades-Old Graph Problem Yields to Amateur Mathematician | Quanta Magazine
"By making the first progress on the “chromatic number of the plane” problem in over 60 years, an anti-aging pundit has achieved mathematical immortality." hn:
math  graph.theory  biology  quanta  intro  inspiration 
april 2018 by joecamel
>> Compare this to number theory, where every interesting extant problem appears... | Hacker News
I don't often come here to comment but as someone in progress on an original research masters in number theory I can say this is utter bullshit. I assume your 'interesting' qualification (somehow) excludes obvious candidates like Landau's problems [0]. Some examples. I was taught about the ABC conjecture as an undergrad. You can easily teach the Brun sieve [1] method of working out that the sum of the reciprocal of the twin primes converges...
numbertheory  math  hn  discussion  intro  overview  interesting  inspiration 
april 2018 by joecamel
Companion webpage to the book "Mathematics for Machine Learning"
We are in the process of writing a book on Mathematics for Machine Learning that motivates people to learn mathematical concepts. The book is not intended to cover advanced machine learning techniques because there are already plenty of books doing this. Instead, we aim to provide the necessary mathematical skills to read those other books.
ml  book  overview  math 
april 2018 by joecamel
Kalman exercise
"Quick explanation of how a Kalman filter works just to make sure I understood it and I don't forget it, and also for others to learn. "

HN: "Nice summary. I think of the concept at a slightly higher level of abstraction:
It's just Bayesian inference to update the posterior. A theoretical model gives an estimate of what the state of the system should be (call that the "prior"). A sensor measurement gives an independent estimate of the state (call that the "likelihood"). Composing (multiplying) the two gives the posterior. Further, in this formulation it doesn't really matter what you call the prior or the posterior. You can easily combine estimates from many different sources/sensors.

Kalman filters are just the special case where the likelihood and prior are both Gaussian -- the distributions can be specified with a couple of numbers, and there is a simple closed-form expression for composing them. More generally, one can use all the tools available for Bayesian inference."
kalman.filter  signal.processing  math  robotics  intro  example 
march 2018 by joecamel
Clayton Shonkwiler: 15 Views of the Hypersphere - YouTube
"This video and talk are aimed at undergraduates and advanced high-schoolers, but anyone interested in mathematics should love the material being presented."
math  video  education  youtube  visualization 
january 2018 by joecamel
Stanford Lecture: Don Knuth's Christmas Tree Lecture 2017 - YouTube
From HN: "I attended this on Thursday. Knuth started with a problem about rectangles inside rectangles ( — it's going to be an exercise in of TAOCP when that's published, currently in the draft version of Pre-Fascicle 5C). He worked through some small cases, made a conjecture, showed a problem submitted to the Monthly, and lots of cool stuff with generating functions. The lecture was also peppered with jokes and cool stories, including a fascinating conjecture by Bill Gosper, who has a long history of coming up with these Ramanujan-like identities. He also showed a wonderful conjecture (involving queens on an infinite chessboard) that he thinks may never be proved, and showed a snippet of his CWEB program for the problem."
knuth  video  youtube  stanford  talk  lecture  math  cs 
january 2018 by joecamel
My unusual hobby | Stephan Boyer
"I think of Coq as an extension of my own ability to reason logically. When I’m in doubt about something, I open the Coq IDE and try to prove it. I think the reason this is so valuable to me is that I often mull over functional programming, types, logic, algorithms, etc. These kinds of things are well-suited to formalization."
coq  type.theory  plt  programming  proof  math 
november 2017 by joecamel
Chicago undergraduate mathematics bibliography
Somehow I became the canonical undergraduate source for bibliographical references, so I thought I would leave a list behind before I graduated. I list the books I have found useful in my wanderings through mathematics (in a few cases, those I found especially unuseful), and give short descriptions and comparisons within each category. I hope that this list may serve as a useful “road map” to other undergraduates picking their way through Eckhart Library. In the end, of course, you must explore on your own; but the list may save you a few days wasted reading books at the wrong level or with the wrong emphasis.
bibliography  books  list  curriculum  math  education 
november 2017 by joecamel
career - What's a mathematician to do? - MathOverflow
"The product of mathematics is clarity and understanding. Not theorems, by themselves. Is there, for example any real reason that even such famous results as Fermat's Last Theorem, or the Poincaré conjecture, really matter? Their real importance is not in their specific statements, but their role in challenging our understanding, presenting challenges that led to mathematical developments that increased our understanding." Bill Thurston
math  philosophy  mathematics  mathoverflow  discussion  education 
october 2017 by joecamel
Mathematics of Juggling - CornellCast
Allen Knutson, Cornell professor of mathematics and former world record-holding juggler, gives a public demonstration and lecture on how juggling patterns can be represented the mathematically.
math  juggling  interesting  inspiration 
september 2017 by joecamel
Sunset Geometry
"Vanderbei’s analysis is an elegant and subtle exercise in classical trigonometry. In this post, I would like to present an alternative analysis in a different language: Geometric Algebra."
geometric.algebra  math  geometry  trigonometry 
september 2017 by joecamel
Statistician Proves Gaussian Correlation Inequality | Quanta Magazine
"When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming."
math  statistics  research  probability  inequality  quanta  story  academia 
august 2017 by joecamel
What Tensors Are For! - YouTube
An intro video into tensor calculus lectures. Good motivation and high level overview (geometry - algebra).
video  youtube  tensors  tensor.calculus  math  analysis  intro  high.level  overview 
june 2017 by joecamel
Random: Probability, Mathematical Statistics, Stochastic Processes
"Random (formerly Virtual Laboratories in Probability and Statistics) is a website devoted to probability, mathematical statistics, and stochastic processes, and is intended for teachers and students of these subjects."
math  probability  statistics  tutorial  visualization  interactive  intro 
april 2017 by joecamel
The Abel Prize 2017 - Yves Meyer - YouTube
"for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets."
math  youtube  talk  overview  wavelets  signal.processing  terrytao  intro  abel.prize  2017 
march 2017 by joecamel
Is “the theory of everything” merely the ultimate ensemble theory?
The paper contains an interesting figure that illustrates relationships between various basic mathematical structures.
math  paper  visualization  overview  algebra 
february 2017 by joecamel
Modes, Medians and Means: A Unifying Perspective
"We’ve just seen that the mode, median and mean all arise from a simple parametric process in which we try to minimize the average discrepancy between a single number ss and a list of numbers, x1,x2,…,xnx1,x2,…,xn that we try to summarize using ss. In a future blog post, I’ll describe how the ideas we’ve just introduced relate to the concept of LpLp norms."
statistics  intro  blog  post  math 
february 2017 by joecamel
Can a Chess Piece Explain Markov Chains? | Infinite Series - YouTube
A cool example of stationary distribution theorem (expected time of return to starting state).
youtube  video  math  markov  probability  intro  example  education 
january 2017 by joecamel
[1612.09375v1] Basic Category Theory
This short introduction to category theory is for readers with relatively little mathematical background. At its heart is the concept of a universal property, important throughout mathematics. After a chapter introducing the basic definitions, separate chapters present three ways of expressing universal properties: via adjoint functors, representable functors, and limits. A final chapter ties the three together.
math  pdf  arxiv  category.theory  intro  introduction 
january 2017 by joecamel
The moving sofa problem — Dan Romik's home page
"The mathematician Leo Moser posed in 1966 the following curious mathematical problem: what is the shape of largest area in the plane that can be moved around a right-angled corner in a two-dimensional hallway of width 1? This question became known as the moving sofa problem, and is still unsolved fifty years after it was first asked."
math  example  introduction  visualization  beginner  education 
january 2017 by joecamel
Mathematical Components
Mathematical Components is the name of a library of formalized mathematics for the Coq system. It covers a variety of topics, from the theory of basic data structures (e.g., numbers, lists, finite sets) to advanced results in various flavors of algebra. This library constitutes the infrastructure for the machine checked proofs of the Four Color Theorem and of the Odd Order Theorem.
proof  coq  book  math  cs 
december 2016 by joecamel
Course Catalogue | The Theoretical Minimum
"The Theoretical Minimum courses include a core sequence of six courses, plus a set of supplemental courses that teach additional related material.  The core sequence is currently being repeated with Statistical Mechanics being taught during Spring quarter, 2013."
course  physics  math  video  list  learning  education  leonard.susskind 
december 2016 by joecamel
Clifford Algebra: A visual introduction | slehar
"Clifford Algebra, a.k.a. Geometric Algebra, is a most extraordinary synergistic confluence of a diverse range of specialized mathematical fields, each with its own methods and formalisms, all of which find a single unified formalism under Clifford Algebra. It is a unifying language for mathematics, and a revealing language for physics."
algebra  math  clifford  introduction  motivation 
november 2016 by joecamel
Oersted Medal Lecture 2002: Reforming the Mathematical Language of Physics
"We can do better! Research on the design and use of
mathematical systems provides a guide for designing a unified mathematical language for the whole of physics that facilitates learning and enhances physical insight. This has produced a comprehensive language called Geometric Algebra, which I introduce with emphasis on how it simplifies and integrates classical and quantum physics."
algebra  math  mathematics  physics  geometric.algebra  2002  paper  talk  lecture  oersted  pdf  read 
september 2016 by joecamel
[1609.01421] Struggles with the Continuum
"Our assumption that spacetime is a continuum leads to many challenges in mathematical physics. Singularities, divergent integrals and the like threaten many of our favorite theories, from Newtonian gravity to classical electrodynamics, quantum electrodynamics and the Standard Model. In general relativity, singularities are intimately connected to some of the theory's most dramatic successful predictions. We survey these problems and the large amount of work that has gone into dealing with them."
math  mathematics  physics  arxiv  pdf  paper  john.baez  overview  history 
september 2016 by joecamel
Great Mathematicians on Math Competitions and "Genius" - Less Wrong
"As I mentioned in Fields Medalists on School Mathematics, school mathematics usually gives a heavily distorted picture of mathematical practice. It's common for bright young people to participate in math competitions, an activity which is closer to that of mathematical practice. Unfortunately, while math competitions may be more representative of mathematical practice than school mathematics, math competitions are themselves greatly misleading. Furthermore, they've become tied to a misleading mythological conception of "genius." I've collected relevant quotations below."
education  math  mathematics  interviews  blog  post  lesswrong 
july 2016 by joecamel
Book of Proof by Richard Hammack
This book is an introduction to the standard methods of proving mathematical theorems. It has been approved by the American Institute of Mathematics' Open Textbook Initiative.
book  math  mathematics  proofs  introduction 
june 2016 by joecamel
Singular Value Decomposition Part 2: Theorem, Proof, Algorithm | Math ∩ Programming
’m just going to jump right into the definitions and rigor, so if you haven’t read the previous post motivating the singular value decomposition, go back and do that first. This post will be theorem, proof, algorithm, data. The data set we test on is a thousand-story CNN news data set. All of the data, code, and examples used in this post is in a github repository, as usual.
math  linearalgebra  algorithm  blog  post  svd 
june 2016 by joecamel
The HoTT book | Mathematics and Computation
We are a group of two dozen mathematicians who wrote a 600 page book in less than half a year.
book  github  math  opensource  writing  hott  category.theory  collaboration  type.theory  2013 
november 2014 by joecamel
Modern Algebra | Mathematics | MIT OpenCourseWare
This undergraduate course focuses on traditional algebra topics that have found greatest application in science and engineering as well as in mathematics.
math  algebra  lecturenotes  mit  ocw  course 
november 2014 by joecamel
How to talk Mathematics - P. R. Halmos
The purpose of what follows is to suggest to a young mathematician what he might do (and what he had better not do) the first few times that he gives a public lecture on his subject.
math  halmos  advice 
november 2014 by joecamel
Subhash Khot, Unique Games Conjecturer, Is Awarded Rolf Nevanlinna Prize | Simons Foundation
Subhash Khot’s bold conjecture is helping mathematicians explore the precise limits of computation.
tcs  video  simons  article  math  prize 
august 2014 by joecamel
Maryam Mirzakhani Is First Woman Fields Medalist | Simons Foundation
Maryam Mirzakhani’s monumental work draws deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems.
math  science  fields.medal  article  2014 
august 2014 by joecamel
Martin Gardner's classic napkin ring puzzle | Hacker News
One of those cases where using integrals rather than geometry is much simpler...
hn  math  martin.gardner  discussion  analysis  puzzle 
july 2014 by joecamel
The Mathematics Behind xkcd: A Conversation with Randall Munroe (MAA)
The creator of the popular web comic xkcd muses about the merits of pen and paper versus computer coding, tic-tac-toe, and where he sits on the scale of intellectual purity.
xkcd  interview  math  comics 
june 2014 by joecamel
Primers | Math ∩ Programming
"As a fair warning to the reader, these primers are a bit more terse than what you’d find in your average textbook."
algorithms  programming  math  reference  tutorials 
june 2014 by joecamel
How to Conquer Tensorphobia | Math ∩ Programming
"This post is an attempt to bridge the gap between the elementary and advanced understandings of tensors. We’ll start with the elementary (axiomatic) approach, just to get a good feel for the objects we’re working with and their essential properties. Then we’ll transition to the “universal” mode of thought, with the express purpose of enlightening us as to why the properties are both necessary and natural."
algebra  math  mathematics  programming  tensors  introduction  explanation  blog  cs 
june 2014 by joecamel
Essential Math for Games Programmers
"This tutorial deepens the approach of the previous years' Essential Math for Games Programmers, by spending one day on general math topics, and one day focusing in on the topic of physical simulation. It, like the previous tutorials, provides a toolbox of techniques for programmers, with references and links for those looking for more information."
math  game  graphics  programming  list  slides  resources 
may 2014 by joecamel
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