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*'''When:''' Most Friday at 11:30am
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*'''When:''' Every other Friday at 1:30 pm
*'''Where:''' 901 Van Vleck Hall
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*'''Where:''' B333 Van Vleck Hall
 
*'''Organizers:''' [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~xshen/ Xiao Shen]
 
*'''Organizers:''' [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~xshen/ Xiao Shen]
 
*'''Faculty advisers:''' [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~jeanluc/ Jean-Luc Thiffeault], [http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~swright/ Steve Wright]  
 
*'''Faculty advisers:''' [http://www.math.wisc.edu/~jeanluc/ Jean-Luc Thiffeault], [http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~swright/ Steve Wright]  
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== Spring 2020 ==
  
 
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|Sept. 27, Oct. 4  
 
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|[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~xshen/ Xiao Shen] (Math)
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|[https://lorenzonajt.github.io/ Lorenzo Najt] (Math)
|''[[#Sep 27, Oct 4: Xiao Shen (Math)|The corner growth model]]''
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|''[[#Jan 31, Lorenzo Najt (Math)|Ensemble methods for measuring gerrymandering: Algorithmic problems and inferential challenges]]''
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|Oct. 18
 
|[https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7cVl9IkAAAAJ&hl=en Bhumesh Kumar] (EE)
 
|''[[#Oct 18: Bhumesh Kumar (EE)|Non-stationary Stochastic Approximation]]''
 
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|Oct. 25
 
|Max (Math)
 
|''[[#Oct 25: Max (Math)|Coalescent with Recombination]]''
 
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|Nov. 8
 
|Hongfei Chen (Math)
 
|''[[#Nov 15: Hongfei Chen (Math)| Brownian swimmers in a channel]]''
 
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|Dec. 10
 
|[http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/~higham/ Nicholas J. Higham] (University of Manchester)
 
|''[[#Dec 10: Nicholas J. Higham  (University of Manchester)|Scientific Writing]]''
 
 
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== Abstracts ==
 
== Abstracts ==
  
=== Sep 27, Oct 4: Xiao Shen (Math) ===
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=== Jan 31, Lorenzo Najt (Math) ===
'''The corner growth model'''
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'''Ensemble methods for measuring gerrymandering: Algorithmic problems and inferential challenges'''
 
 
Imagine there is an arbitrary amount of donuts attached to the integer points of Z^2. The goal is to pick an optimal up-right path which allows you to eat as much donuts as possible along the way. We will look at some basic combinatorial observations, and how specific probability distribution would help us to study this model.
 
 
 
=== Oct 18: Bhumesh Kumar (EE) ===
 
'''Non-stationary Stochastic Approximation'''
 
 
 
Abstract: Robbins–Monro pioneered a general framework for stochastic approximation to find roots of a function with just noisy evaluations.With applications in optimization, signal processing and control theory there is resurged interest in time-varying aka non-stationary functions. This works addresses that premise by providing explicit, all time, non-asymptotic tracking error bounds via Alekseev's nonlinear variations of constant formula.
 
 
 
Reference: https://arxiv.org/abs/1802.07759 (To appear in Mathematics of Control, Signals and Systems)
 
 
 
=== Oct 25: Max (Math) ===
 
'''Coalescent with Recombination'''
 
 
 
I will talk about the continuous time coalescent with mutation and recombination, with a focus on introducing key concepts related to genetic distance and evolutionary relatedness. The talk will be informal and accessible.
 
 
 
=== Nov 15: Hongfei Chen (Math) ===
 
'''Brownian swimmers in a channel'''
 
 
 
Abstract: Shape matters! I will talk about how their shapes affect their mean reversal time.
 
 
 
=== Dec 10: Nicholas J. Higham (University of Manchester) ===
 
'''Scientific Writing'''
 
 
 
I will discuss various aspects of scientific writing, including
 
 
 
• the craft of writing in general,
 
 
 
• aspects specific to mathematical writing,
 
 
 
• English Usage,
 
 
 
• workflow, and
 
 
 
• revising drafts and proofreading.
 
 
 
Plenty of examples and links to further information will be given. I will also discuss
 
my experiences in preparing ''Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences'' (third
 
edition, SIAM, 2020).
 
  
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We will review some recent work regarding measuring gerrymandering by sampling from the space of maps, including two methods used in a recent amicus brief to the supreme court. This discussion will highlight some of the computational challenges of this approach, including some complexity-theory lower bounds and bottlenecks in Markov chains. We will examine the robustness of these statistical methods through their connection to phase transitions in the self-avoiding walk model, as well as their dependence on artifacts of discretization. This talk is largely based on https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.08881
  
 
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== Past Semesters ==
 
== Past Semesters ==
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*[[SIAM_Student_Chapter_Seminar/Fall2019|Fall 2019]]
 
*[[SIAM_Student_Chapter_Seminar/Fall2018|Fall 2018]]
 
*[[SIAM_Student_Chapter_Seminar/Fall2018|Fall 2018]]
 
*[[SIAM_Student_Chapter_Seminar/Spring2017|Spring 2017]]
 
*[[SIAM_Student_Chapter_Seminar/Spring2017|Spring 2017]]
*[[SIAM_Student_Chapter_Seminar/Fall2019|Fall 2019]]
 

Revision as of 20:41, 28 January 2020


  • When: Every other Friday at 1:30 pm
  • Where: B333 Van Vleck Hall
  • Organizers: Xiao Shen
  • Faculty advisers: Jean-Luc Thiffeault, Steve Wright
  • To join the SIAM Chapter mailing list: email [join-siam-chapter@lists.wisc.edu].


Spring 2020

date speaker title
Sept. 27, Oct. 4 Lorenzo Najt (Math) Ensemble methods for measuring gerrymandering: Algorithmic problems and inferential challenges

Abstracts

Jan 31, Lorenzo Najt (Math)

Ensemble methods for measuring gerrymandering: Algorithmic problems and inferential challenges

We will review some recent work regarding measuring gerrymandering by sampling from the space of maps, including two methods used in a recent amicus brief to the supreme court. This discussion will highlight some of the computational challenges of this approach, including some complexity-theory lower bounds and bottlenecks in Markov chains. We will examine the robustness of these statistical methods through their connection to phase transitions in the self-avoiding walk model, as well as their dependence on artifacts of discretization. This talk is largely based on https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.08881


Past Semesters