The Monty Hall Problem is arguably the most famous and counter-intuitive brainteaser in the history of mathematics. On a game show, you choose between three doors; behind one is a car, while the other two conceal goats. You select door number one but, before opening it, Monty Hall–the host of the show–opens door two and shows you that there is a goat behind it. He now gives you the option of sticking with door one, or switching to door three. The problem is to determine which choice gives you the better chance of winning the car. The answer obvious to most people is entirely mistaken.
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The Hopkins Undergraduate Society for Applied Mathematics is excited to present Dr. Joseph McCloskey, Senior Cryptographic Mathematician at the National Security Agency. Dr. McCloskey will be discussing his background and work with the NSA, as well as similar opportunities for applied mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists.
John Urschel is a football player for the Baltimore Ravens; this past year he played in 11 games. He is also an accomplished
mathematician, the first-author of a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics, in which he developed fast numerical methods of computing the eigenvector associated with the second smallest eigenvalue of a graph Laplacian. How does his professional football experience relate to the esoteric world of cutting-edge mathematical research?
Join HUSAM in welcoming John to share his fascinating intersection of the gridiron and numerical analysis at the highest levels.
Lies, Deceit, and Misrepresentation: The Distortion of Statistics in America
H.G. Wells once said “Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” The widespread use of statistics plays an influential role in persuading public opinion. As such, statistical literacy is necessary for members of society to critically evaluate the bombardment of charts, polls, graphs, and data that are presented on a daily basis. However, what often passes for “statistical” calculations and discoveries need to be taken with a grain of salt. This talk will examine the applications of statistics in American media and give examples of where statistics has been grossly misused.
The talk will begin at 7pm in Hodson 110, with refreshments being served at 6:30. A flyer for the event is attached and a link to RSVP on the Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/959982947374497/.