Interview with a Data Scientist: Thomas Levi

This is part of my ongoing series of interviews with Data Scientists. Thomas Levi is a Data Scientist at Plenty of Fish (POF) an online dating website based in Vancouver. Thomas has a background in theoretical physics and at one point did string theory. Recently a lot of his work has involved topic models and… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist: Thomas Levi

Markov Chains and Monte Carlo Algorithms

1. General state space Markov chains Most applications of Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithms (MCMC) are concerned with continuous random variables, i.e the corresponding Markov chain has a continuous state space S. In this section we will give a brief overview of the theory underlying Markov chains with general state spaces. Although the basic principles… Continue reading Markov Chains and Monte Carlo Algorithms

STEM Education Interview: Robert Talbert

I’m excited to put up my first ever interview. I’m working on a project for an organisation and this is an interview as part of my research. Robert Talbert is a Mathematics professor at Grand Valley State University, who researches Cryptography but has also spent a lot of time recently experimenting in the field of… Continue reading STEM Education Interview: Robert Talbert

A schools revolution

I highlighted in a recent post, a ludicrous lack of scientific knowledge by Michael Gove. This is perhaps unfair of me. So lets address what Gove is actually trying to do, which is reform Schools. Critics regularly assume that private school parents are rich snobs trying to avoid the lower classes. If you read the… Continue reading A schools revolution

Why Education Ministers should be educated

Michael Gove is reported as arguing that: Gove said there had been previous attempts to make science relevant, by linking it to contemporary concerns such as climate change or food scares. But he said: “What [students] need is a rooting in the basic scientific principles, Newton’s laws of thermodynamics and Boyle’s law.” […] We are… Continue reading Why Education Ministers should be educated

How to think

Inspired by Ed Boyden \newline Managing brain resources in an age of complexity. The main aim of this post, is to understand and synthesize some of the ideas behind learning how to think. In the words of Seymour Papert, a rather inspiring Mathematics and Computer Education pioneer, ‘students now need to learning how to learn’… Continue reading How to think

Programming as an essential skill

In discussions about jobs and the future. We sometimes make references to skills. In educational communities people speak of ‘transferable skills’ and ‘critical thinking’. Recently its become fashionable to discuss STEM. On this blog I’ve written some things about this. The following articles re-inspired my interest On Reviews in Depth: Why everyone should learn to… Continue reading Programming as an essential skill

Twitter co-founder on Computational Thinking

I’ve long been a fan of Jack Dorsey, and I came across this excellent article about an interview on Charlie Rose. Gary Stager a school reformer and Educational reformer speaks very well about Jack Dorsey. When we speak of using Computing in education, we often forget that in the words of Mitch Reznick ‘the computer… Continue reading Twitter co-founder on Computational Thinking

Training students for the 21st Century

Education is a hugely politically loaded issue. I want to write today briefly about education. I’ve two years of experience as a tutor and Teaching Assistant in a Northern Ireland Grammar School, and continue to tutor a range of ages while I undergo my Masters studies in Mathematics. I definitely will focus on STEM subjects,… Continue reading Training students for the 21st Century

Procepts in Mathematics education

Todays blog post is a bit different to some of my views on politics, or current affairs. Its back closer to my student life as a Mathematics Masters student. Inevitably when one enjoy mathematics and physics one gets involved in giving tutorial classes or helping friends and family. Mathematics is something that we all agree… Continue reading Procepts in Mathematics education