Columbia Undergraduate Math Society

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Date Speaker Title Abstract
January 25 Ivan Corwin Universal phenomena in random systems More than 200 years ago, the Gaussian distribution was discovered by De Moivre (and again by Laplace) from analyzing the binomial distribution arising from coin flips. This distribution is the basis for classical statistics and arises is many different types of physical and mathematical systems. There are, however, many systems for which classical statistics fails and new distributions arise. These distributions are also universal within certain classes of systems. In this talk we will begin to describe where these universal probability distributions come from, what they describe and why they are important. We will touch on many applications such as big data, random growth, traffic flow and more.
February 1 Sebastien Picard    
February 8 Willie Dong    
February 15      
February 22 Roxane Sayde    
March 1      
March 8 Daniel Gulotta    
March 15   No meeting  
March 22 Gerhardt Hinkle    
March 29      
April 5 Daniel Litt    
April 12 Anton Zeitlin    
April 19      
April 26 Remy Van Dobben de Bruyn    
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