Park City Mathematics Institute 2016
Course Notes
Bowen Kerins and Darryl Yong

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Probability and Big Data
Flip a coin repeatedly. How many flips will it take until you get three heads in a row? This course explores various ways of analyzing what happens when you combine probability with simple rule-based games. If a game ends, how long will it take to end? If it doesn't end, what happens in the long term? Along the way, participants will learn why matrix multiplication is defined the way that it is, and how all of these ideas are connected to the mathematics of "big data". The contexts and methods developed in the course will be low-threshold, high-ceiling, with plenty of interesting mathematics for any grade level.

July 1 - July 19, 2016
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