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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>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 02:56:16 -0500 (EST)

Mathematica SIG


6 November 2009, 7:30 am

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
8301 Greensboro Drive
McLean VA
Southern Corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive


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

The Latest and Greatest at Wolfram Research, by Cynthia Girdler (Wolfram

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.

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