Mathematics Awareness Month

April is Mathematics Awareness Month and the theme this year is Mathematics, Statistics, and the Data Deluge. The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics are sponsoring many wonderful events and a website which you can find at http://www.mathaware.org/index.html. You can also contribute to the many wonderful things already posted.

Throughout the month Princeton University Press will be posting articles on the ways data is collected and how it is used in everyday life. Examples include advertising, networking, the census, and how we can travel efficiently and inexpensively. The articles will discuss both the positive and negative uses of large data. We will also provide an estimation puzzle each day. You can learn about the ways large data is used and also improve your estimation skills.

 

Mathematics, Statistics, and the Data Deluge

The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics announce that the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month, April 2012, is Mathematics, Statistics, and the Data Deluge.

Massive amounts of data are collected every day, often from services we use regularly, but never think about. Scientific data comes in massive amounts from sensor networks, astronomical instruments, biometric devices, etc., and needs to be sorted out and understood. Personal data from our Google searches, our Facebook or Twitter activities, our credit card purchases, our travel habits, and so on, are being mined to provide information and insight. These data sets provide great opportunities, and pose dangers as well.