NEW (March 2014). In case you doubted the proposition "you can prove anything with Big Data", I have been ranked by this website as the 365,625'th most famous person in history.
NEW (February 2014). Warren Buffett's billion dollar gamble.
NEW (January 2014). A conference on the occasion of Jim Pitman's 65th birthday will be held at U.C. San Diego, June 20-21 2014.
I am on sabbatical for Spring 2014, but will be mostly in Berkeley.
|Semester||Course number||Topic of course||Comments|
|Spring 2014||STAT 98/198||Introduction to Wall Street||Student-taught DeCal course; I am only the sponsor.|
|Fall 2014||STAT 157||Probability and the Real World ; follow link now for enrollment info.||Upper division seminar course, for Stat majors and others. A substantial course project is required.|
|Fall 2014||STAT 205A||Probability Theory||First year graduate core course: measure-theoretic probability (first part). Link goes to the 2013 course -- will be updated over the summer.|
The non-mathematical parts of the project are being developed as a web site, intended as a more idiosyncratic counterpart to two existing sites with somewhat related themes: Understanding Uncertainty and Chance News. The current "beta version" set of pages are sufficiently incomplete and fragmented that I don't want them quoted or linked to; but if you really want to enter the maze at your own risk, start with this cover page to the beta version.
|Probability Approximations via the Poisson Clumping Heuristic||Springer, 1989||Reversible Markov Chains and Random Walks on Graphs (with Jim Fill)||Draft chapters|
|(Warning: this is nerd humor) Big Data: the substitute for Love.||If you assume that higher-profile authors get preferential treatment from journals, read this extract from the referee report on a recent paper of mine.||1976 Cambridge photo||I wish I'd said that||Mathematical humor (original!)||2011 official photo||The nine best science fiction novels you've never heard of||2007 unofficial photo||Academic vita||Most ambiguous praise I received in 2009||Impressions from my year at Microsoft Research||Why my wife calls me Le Grand Fromage .......||Obituaries of my parents||2013 unofficial photo||..... and the Big Apple.|
Here is a written interview of me by a non-mathematician. Reporting conversation in print shows that I have an embarrassingly inarticulate stream-of-consciousness speaking style -- do not take these to be my considered opinions! And here is an audio interview of me by a mathematician (Eugene Dynkin) which I haven't heard because I hate hearing myself on tape .....
Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3860
E-mail address: aldous_AT_stat.berkeley.edu