NEW (August 2017): Here's one of the more sensible non-technical blog posts re Elon Musk, AI and AGI.
NEW (July 2017): The winner of the 2017 Loeve Prize is Hugo Duminil-Copin. The prize will be awarded at a ceremony in Berkeley, date T.B.A.
NEW (February 2017): Was the NE Patriots comeback in the Superbowl (and Barcelona's in the Champions League) incredibly unlikely? There's a simple, but surprisingly little known, relevant bit of math. Read more
NEW (January 2017). Review of Aaron Brown Financial Risk Management for Dummies and his response.
|Semester||Course number||Topic of course||Comments|
|Fall 2017||STAT 198||Introduction to Wall Street||Student-taught DeCal course; I am only the sponsor.|
|Fall 2017||STAT 157||Probability in the Real World||Project-based course for Statistics Majors, emphasizing diversity of contexts where probability appears. Class is now full.|
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 and 2013 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||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.||..... and the Big Apple.||The three things you need to know for success in the 21st century||40 years playing volleyball; still not perfected the block.
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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 .....
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E-mail address: aldous_AT_stat.berkeley.edu