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Mathematics Awareness Month 2012

April is Mathematics Awareness Month!

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.

Theme essays, posters, and related resources are available on the 2012 Mathematics Awareness Month website.

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.

To show how mathematics and statistics are providing the tools to understand this data, and to help mitigate against misuse, the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics has chosen "Mathematics, Statistics, and the Data Deluge" as the theme for Math Awareness Month 2012. Look to this website for articles and other resources for undergraduate students and those who teach them.

Data Mining: Fool's Gold? Or the Mother Lode?

Look for full audio of Richard De Veaux (Williams College) April 11, 2012, MAA Distinguished Lecture on the MAA Distinguished Lecture website. This lecture is jointly sponsored with the American Statistical Association in celebration of Mathematics Awareness Month.

What words best describe people who enjoy mathematics and statistics?

Fill out the 2012 MAM survey for your chance to win a $100 iTunes giftcard.

MAA Books Related to "Mathematics, Statistics, and the Data Deluge"

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