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Ali Nadim

February 2019

Personal Perspectives on m-ary Partitions (James Sellers, Penn State)

February 20 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Shanahan B460, Harvey Mudd College, 301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Abstract:  A great deal of my research journey has involved the study of m-ary partitions.  These are integer partitions wherein each part must be a power of a fixed integer m > 1.  Beginning in the late 1960s, numerous mathematicians (including Churchhouse, Andrews, Gupta, and Rodseth) studied divisibility properties of m-ary partitions.  In this talk, I will discuss work I completed with Rodseth which generalizes the results of Andrews and Gupta from the 1970s.  Time permitting, I will then discuss several problems related to m-ary partitions, including…

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Pull Out All The Stops: Textual Analysis via Punctuation Sequences (Mason Porter, UCLA)

February 27 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Shanahan B460, Harvey Mudd College, 301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Abstract: Whether enjoying the lucid prose of a favorite author or slogging through some other writer's cumbersome, heavy-set prattle (full of parentheses, em-dashes, compound adjectives, and Oxford commas), readers will notice stylistic signatures not only in word choice and grammar, but also in punctuation itself. Indeed, visual sequences of punctuation from different authors produce marvelously different (and visually striking) sequences. Punctuation is a largely overlooked stylistic feature in "stylometry", the quantitative analysis of written text. In this paper, we examine…

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March 2019

Accidental Mathematics (Matt Stamps, Yale-NUs College)

March 6 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Shanahan B460, Harvey Mudd College, 301 Platt Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Abstract:  Growing up, I always loved learning about world-changing scientific breakthroughs that were discovered by accident.  Penicillin, artificial sweeteners, X-rays, and synthetic dyes are just a few of the discoveries that were stumbled upon by scientists who had other goals in mind.  More recently, I have come to wonder why anecdotes about accidental discoveries in mathematics are not as commonplace.  Is it a fundamental difference in they way mathematicians and natural scientists view their work?  Are such stories too contrary…

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