Washington DC Area Mathematica Special Interest Group
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- Subject: [mg104540] Washington DC Area Mathematica Special Interest Group
- From: "Bruce Colletti" <bwcolletti at verizon.net>
- Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 02:56:16 -0500 (EST)
Mathematica SIG (http://web.mac.com/hrbishop.pmsi/DCSIG.m/DCSIG.html) MEETING 6 November 2009, 7:30 am Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) 8301 Greensboro Drive McLean VA Southern Corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive Agenda 1. Prepared Talks Packing a Punch with Mathematica's Probability and Statistics Fists, by Pramud Rawat Abstract. Mathematica offers a surprisingly large number of tools for developing courses in probability and statistics for managers and engineers. These tools can be employed in conveying ideas ranging from permutations and combinations to multivariate data analyses, quickly and effectively. By eliminating the need for mastering tricks in integration or the tedium of lengthy computations and table lookups, they allow the instructor as well as students to focus on concepts that must be grasped and retained and thus become valuable assets in course content enrichment. Simultaneously, Mathematica's extensive array of probability and statistics functions, along with its large array of list-processing tools, allow construction of discrete-event simulations which are, at their core, problems in the management of lists of probabilistic events. Discrete-event simulations are of enormous use in presenting examples of multi-step processes in which use of resources must be optimized. This talk will convey ideas in both of these fields, along with illustrations. Experiments with Graphics and Images, by Harry Bishop Abstract. Graphics functions and tools have changed from version 5 to 6 and again in version 7. This talk explores a composition between graphics objects and image objects leading to a reasonably fast animation process for visualizing a simulation. Shackleton's Expedition to the South Pole, by Dan Martinez Abstract. Dan will present another of his marvelous timelines, this one on the subject above. Thereafter, we will all retire to Antarctica for a weenie roast around a campfire. Recording Your Voice Using Mathematica, by Dan Martinez Abstract. The title says it all. Is there anything Mathematica cannot do? Weird Behavior of GraphicsGrid[ ], by Dave Vasholz Abstract. This 5-10 min talk will describe strange behavior of GraphicsGrid. The Latest and Greatest at Wolfram Research, by Cynthia Girdler (Wolfram Research) Abstract. During the 2006 Wolfram Technology Conference, Cyndi brought together four of us who wanted to start what would become our Special Interest Group. Without her, we wouldn't be here and so we affectionately call her "Mom." She will give an impromptu talk on whatever is on her mind and will field questions. 2. Mathematica Gems and Discoveries Sharing of Mathematica programming oddities - Applications of Mathematica to some areas of science - Something recently read and worth sharing 3. Mathematica Questions, Possible Approaches and Discussion - Dan, Bernie and Bruce will recap the 2009 International Mathematica User Conference, held 22-24 October - Dan and Bruce will discuss their contact with Debra Woods and her year-old Mathematica SIG at the University of Illinois. There is a prospect for collaboration between our two SIGs! 4. New Business - Select next meeting presentation, time and place Directions to 8301 Greensboro Drive, McLean VA (tall, boxy and white SAIC Enterprise Building at south corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive): - From the Beltway, go northwest on Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and proceed past Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) - Turn right onto Westpark Drive (Gosnell Road in the other direction) - Turn right at the next light onto Greensboro Drive and then right into the parking lot - Visitor's Parking is adjacent to Westpark Drive A SIG representative will meet you in the lobby. Please arrive no later than 6:50AM if you wish to join us for a dutch-treat breakfast, and no later than 7:20AM to attend the meeting only. The desk officer will ask for a driver's license before issuing a visitor's badge.