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Math and Maps Talks and Disscussions: A Math Counts and Geo Philly collaboration

  • Mar 6, 2014 · 7:00 PM

A joint endeavor between the GeoPhilly and Math Counts Meetup groups. There will be four 10 minute talks on the use of math to solve geospatial problems, and a thirty minute discussion period.

The speakers and topics:

• Eugene Brusilovskiy: The discussion will focus on some common problems in spatial statistics and the open source software tools that are available for data analysis. Specifically, I will talk about GeoDa and its ability to compute measures of spatial autocorrelation and run spatial regression, and VIS-STAMP and its capacity to analyze and visualize multivariate spatiotemporal data.

• Sam Bledsoe: Mathematical Problems in Cartography: A brief look at 3 problems in the history of maps and geography: shape and size of the world, how to project that on a flat surface for navigation, and the four color theorem, for fun.  There will be history of the union of math and maps as I go over Eratosthenes, stereographic and Mercator projections, and how to color maps.

• CJ Fearnley: Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map: This short talk will explore the Dymaxion Map projection as originally described in US patent 2,393,676 granted to R. Buckminster Fuller on 29 Jan 1946. We will briefly discuss the method of projection and the distortion in its projection.

• Jeremy Heffner: Counting Crime - Musings on Poisson Processes:  We often face problems where we count the occurrence of discrete events whether they be crime events, sports scores, or telephone bills.  This talk will discuss the interpretation and modeling of such counts as stochastic Poisson processes using crime data as an example. 

Pizza and soda will be provided at 6:30 for socializing. After the event, some will adjourn to a bar.

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  • Sam B.
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  • Sarah C.
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