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Unless otherwise noted, talks will be at 3:50 PM in O'Connor 104. Also, there will be refreshments before each talk in O'Connor 31 at 3:40 PM.
Tuesday, 13 October
Speaker: Abraham Martin del Campo, Centro de Investigacion en Matematicas (CIMAT)
Title: Euclidean Distance via Monodromy and Numerical Algebraic Geometry
I will present an algorithm that uses tools from Numerical Algebraic Geometry to find the critical points of a distance function. This talkis based on a joint work with Jose Rodriguez. I will introduce some basics on Numerical Algebraic Geometry and Monodromy, to explain the main features of our algorithm.
Tuesday, 20 October
Speaker: Abel Rodriguez, UC Santa Cruz
Title: What are politicians thinking? spatial voting models and revealed preference models
Abstract: The use of quantitative methods has transformed the way social scientists approach problems. In the particular case of political science, scaling methods based on spatial voting models have become an indispensable tool in describing preferences and testing specific theories of legislative or judicial behavior. The first part of this talk provides an overview of spatial voting models and presents some recent developments in handling abstentions and testing hypotheses about changes in revealed preferences. In addition to discussing the theoretical underpinnings of these methodologies, we provide illustrations using roll call votes from different sessions of the US Senate. The second part of this talk focuses on the opportunities for graduate education in Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Tuesday, 27 October
Speaker: Matthew Johnston, San Jose State University
Title: Extinction and Persistence in Discrete Chemical Reaction Networks
Tuesday, 3 NovemberSpeaker: Aparna Higgins, University of Dayton
Title: TBA*** A Pi Mu Epsilon Sponsored Event
*** Pizza starts at 4:30 in O'Connor 206 and talk starts at 4:40 in same room.
Tuesday, 10 NovemberSpeaker: Jordan Schettler, San Jose State University
Tuesday, 17 NovemberSpeaker: Jose Rodriguez, Notre Dame
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