Posts Tagged ‘ Just for Fun ’

Lo, how a polar rose e’er blooming

December 16, 2015
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Lo, how a polar rose e’er blooming

Lo how a rose e'er blooming From tender stem hath sprung As I write this blog post, a radio station is playing Chrismas music. One of my favorite Christmas songs is the old German hymn that many of us know as "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming." I was humming

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Mathematical art (part 2): Unweaving matrices

September 4, 2015
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Mathematical art (part 2): Unweaving matrices

In my previous blog post, I showed how you can use SAS to program a "weaving" algorithm that takes an image, cuts it into strips, and weaves the strips together to create mathematical art. I used matrices and heat maps for the computations and visualization. At the end of the

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Mathematical art: Weaving matrices

September 2, 2015
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Mathematical art: Weaving matrices

An artist friend of mine recently created a beautiful abstract image and described the process on her blog. She says that "after painting my initial square, I cut it into strips and split them down the middle, then wove them together.... I had no idea when I started piecing these

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The distribution of Pythagorean triples by angle

April 15, 2015
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The distribution of Pythagorean triples by angle

Last week I was chatting with some mathematicians and I mentioned the blog post that I wrote last year on the distribution of Pythagorean triples. In my previous article, I showed that there is an algorithm that uses matrix multiplication to generate every primitive Pythagorean triple by starting with the

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Analyzing the first 10 million digits of pi: Randomness within structure

March 12, 2015
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Analyzing the first 10 million digits of pi: Randomness within structure

Saturday, March 14, 2015, is Pi Day, and this year is a super-special Pi Day! This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate the first 10 digits of pi (π) by doing something special on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53. Apologies to my European friends, but Pi Day requires that you represent dates

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Fundamental theorems of mathematics and statistics

February 12, 2014
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Although I currently work as a statistician, my original training was in mathematics. In many mathematical fields there is a result that is so profound that it earns the name "The Fundamental Theorem of ." A fundamental theorem is a deep (often surprising) result that connects two or more
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Secret Santa: What is the probability of pulling your own name from a hat?

December 4, 2013
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Secret Santa: What is the probability of pulling your own name from a hat?

Each year my siblings choose names for a Christmas gift exchange. It is not unusual for a sibling to pick her own name, whereupon the name is replaced into the hat and a new name is drawn. In fact, that "glitch" in the drawing process was a motivation for me
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Do dryer balls reduce drying time?

August 12, 2013
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Do dryer balls reduce drying time?

Editor's Note: My 8th grade son, David, created a poster that he submitted to the 2013 ASA Poster Competition. The competition encourages students to display "two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about
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