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I have just completed my MSc in mathematics in Europe. I do enjoy math, but I spent my uni years feeling like a autodidact hippie marooned on an island full of Mr and Mrs I-Want-A-Good-Job. My main interests revolve around humanities (literature/history/anthropology) and economics (but not finance), and instead of starting a "stable" well-paying career I dream about something inter-disciplinary. I am very open to earning little money and relocating just to do kind of work that engages those skills. What are some random uses of my degree? [more inside]

posted by desultory_banyan on Jul 28, 2014 - 12 answers

posted by desultory_banyan on Jul 28, 2014 - 12 answers

I'm developing a Data Design curriculum for Art college students, and I'd like to teach some basics of maths and statistics in ways that the non-numerically inclined will understand. For this, I need some simple explanations for complicated ideas. [more inside]

posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Aug 22, 2013 - 3 answers

posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Aug 22, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm struggling to understand likelihood ratios (LR) in the context of diagnostic tests, and why a positive LR is influenced by the sensitivity of the test. [more inside]

posted by cacofonie on Aug 1, 2013 - 6 answers

posted by cacofonie on Aug 1, 2013 - 6 answers

I'm learning to accessorize! I'd like to find some little mathematics-related accessories, kind of like the women's equivalent to a (relatively subtle) mathematics tie or cufflinks, that are work (think secondary school educator) appropriate. Simple and relatively understated is preferred. I'm also interested in clothing that would be work-place appropriate (not t-shirts!). I had a lot of fun with my regex skirt from XKCD a few years ago. [more inside]

posted by wiskunde on Jul 14, 2013 - 18 answers

posted by wiskunde on Jul 14, 2013 - 18 answers

I'm wondering, after breakfast, and a shower, and a commute, and coffee - what is next? [more inside]

posted by Lownotes on Jan 24, 2013 - 23 answers

posted by Lownotes on Jan 24, 2013 - 23 answers

My son is now 15 months old, and I would like for him to have the best possible mathematics education. What should I be doing now and what sort of long-term plan should I have in order to help him both to learn and to love mathematics? (He doesn't have to be a mathematician when he grows up, but really knowing mathematics is non-negotiable.) [more inside]

posted by Jonathan Livengood on Jan 17, 2013 - 48 answers

posted by Jonathan Livengood on Jan 17, 2013 - 48 answers

I have a very serious problem: I can't stop thinking about mathematics and it's interfering heavily with my sleep. [more inside]

posted by Evernix on Jun 14, 2012 - 30 answers

posted by Evernix on Jun 14, 2012 - 30 answers

Calculating/approximating ln(x) 'by hand'? [more inside]

posted by unixrat on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

posted by unixrat on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

Is it true that it is always better to estimate parameters jointly, even when they are completely unrelated? [more inside]

posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Now that I'm back at college, I'm having serious trouble with an elementary course in Discrete Mathematics (for computer scientists). How can I complete this course? [more inside]

posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 31, 2012 - 29 answers

posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 31, 2012 - 29 answers

I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]

posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Mathematics/Topology: how to untie a trefoil knot in four dimensions? [more inside]

posted by knz on Aug 30, 2011 - 10 answers

posted by knz on Aug 30, 2011 - 10 answers

I like math! I took an introductory undergraduate math course on DSP and, well, I want more. [more inside]

posted by Nomyte on May 15, 2011 - 2 answers

posted by Nomyte on May 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Physicists, or someone who is familiar with physics or mathematical models, please help me interpret "a mathematical model of social group competition with application to the growth of religious non-affiliation". I have never heard of Sociophysics before today. [more inside]

posted by ServSci on Mar 25, 2011 - 9 answers

posted by ServSci on Mar 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Teaching filter: What's the best book or online resource for a trainee maths high school teacher, you are aware of. [more inside]

posted by 92_elements on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

posted by 92_elements on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

What are you, as a graduate of pure mathematics, doing? [more inside]

posted by jpcooper on May 17, 2010 - 28 answers

posted by jpcooper on May 17, 2010 - 28 answers

I'm trying to find a website that teaches vector mathematics in lesson form. [more inside]

posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

posted by giggleknickers on May 3, 2010 - 2 answers

MathFilter: Is there a relationship between the number of dimensions in a Euclidean space and the number of regular tessellations of that space? [more inside]

posted by jedicus on May 2, 2010 - 10 answers

posted by jedicus on May 2, 2010 - 10 answers

Can anyone recommend a book which explains the basics of economic theory in a way accessible to physicists/mathematicians? [more inside]

posted by snoktruix on Apr 24, 2010 - 14 answers

posted by snoktruix on Apr 24, 2010 - 14 answers

"Count all the ways that 15 objects can be put into four piles so that each pile has a **different** number of objects in it." Is there a smart general method for solving problems like this? Feel free to assume uniqueness/non-emptiness of the piles if it helps. (Not homework)

posted by onalark on Apr 20, 2010 - 18 answers

posted by onalark on Apr 20, 2010 - 18 answers

My favorite number is 0. I have many reasons for this, but I want more. [more inside]

posted by junipero on Apr 1, 2010 - 38 answers

posted by junipero on Apr 1, 2010 - 38 answers

I'm registered for a Web Analytics class. A prerequisite is "Familiarity with basic concepts of statistics." I'm not a math person and never studied statistics. Which basic statistics concepts should learn before this class? Are there any comic books, videos, or fun resources that would help me learn? [more inside]

posted by valannc on Feb 3, 2010 - 11 answers

posted by valannc on Feb 3, 2010 - 11 answers

What is the next step of this Kenken? [more inside]

posted by johnofjack on Jan 30, 2010 - 23 answers

posted by johnofjack on Jan 30, 2010 - 23 answers

What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]

posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Jan 30, 2010 - 49 answers

posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Jan 30, 2010 - 49 answers

I am looking for a math typesetting style guide. By this I don't mean the kind of stylesheet for journal submissions that says "Be sure to use the blah-blah-blah LaTeX package and the XYZ equation environment, and our army of editorial assistants will tie up the loose ends and knock off the rough edges." (Why not? Because my advisor is involved in starting a new journal, and suddenly my labmates and I *are* that army of editorial assistants.) [more inside]

posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 4, 2009 - 11 answers

posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Statistics question: is it possible to test sets of cumulative data for significant differences in rate? [more inside]

posted by rollick on Nov 4, 2009 - 9 answers

posted by rollick on Nov 4, 2009 - 9 answers

I've never seen this mathematical symbol used this way before. Can anyone tell me what it means? [more inside]

posted by mazniak on Oct 25, 2009 - 8 answers

posted by mazniak on Oct 25, 2009 - 8 answers

How do you multiply probability across multiple chances? Let's say that every time you roll a die, you have a one-in-six chance of having five come up. What math would you perform to come up with the probability of five coming up at some point with the dice being rolled two times? Three? Five? Ten? (I'm using dice as a shorthand here: the actual probability figure I'm working with is 24%.)

posted by WCityMike on Sep 16, 2009 - 15 answers

posted by WCityMike on Sep 16, 2009 - 15 answers

Is there a mathematical, economic, logical or game-theory name/description for the following scenario? [more inside]

posted by contessa on Sep 4, 2009 - 11 answers

posted by contessa on Sep 4, 2009 - 11 answers

I have been attending graduate school in mathematics for the last 3 years, in hopes of getting a Ph.D. It hasn't exactly worked out - I'm taking my Master's and getting out of here. What can I do now? [more inside]

posted by Earl the Polliwog on Aug 9, 2009 - 13 answers

posted by Earl the Polliwog on Aug 9, 2009 - 13 answers

I want to calculate the mean of a matrix, but I don't want a value, I want co-ordinates. The following math question has lots of terminology that I'm not qualified to use i.e. most of it is wrong. I hope you can see through this and help me. I will be using the words *matrix*, *mean* and *transformation* without fully understanding them. For this I apologize. [more inside]

posted by handybitesize on Jun 8, 2009 - 6 answers

posted by handybitesize on Jun 8, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I keep track of things I want to cover in the future in the course I'm teaching? [more inside]

posted by madcaptenor on May 15, 2009 - 11 answers

posted by madcaptenor on May 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Maximizing a function over orthogonal matrices, or: solving polynomial order 2 systems. Help me out or point me to a better forum / listhost. [more inside]

posted by a robot made out of meat on Oct 26, 2008 - 15 answers

posted by a robot made out of meat on Oct 26, 2008 - 15 answers

Mac users who write LaTeX documents in Emacs (with or without AucTeX), please tell me about your workflow. [more inside]

posted by gleuschk on Oct 4, 2008 - 10 answers

posted by gleuschk on Oct 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Starting this fall, I plan on taking some preparatory undergrad coursework with the intention of eventually applying to a master's program in applied mathematics. I am seeking suggestions for reading material concerning the field of mathematics in general, both as a refresher and as insight into current focus areas and work being done. As a working engineer, my situation and background might be a bit different from most considering this route... [more inside]

posted by Bugg on Jul 15, 2007 - 2 answers

posted by Bugg on Jul 15, 2007 - 2 answers

I want a true vector-based (i.e., not merely a series of thousands of line segments) Postscript or Illustrator file of an epicycloid where a=5, b=2. [more inside]

posted by dmd on Feb 19, 2006 - 25 answers

posted by dmd on Feb 19, 2006 - 25 answers

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