James Howard
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A Mathematician, a Different Kind of Mathematician, and a Statistician
A Mathematician, a Different Kind of Mathematician, and a Statistician

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It's not a great talk, but watch it anyway!﻿
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Gun-related violence is a recession.
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How Many Floating Point Numbers are There?

The IEEE standard for floating point arithmetic provides for a noncontinuous space representing both very large and very small numbers. Under the standard, each floating point number are composed of three parts: the base, exponent, and mantissa. It…﻿
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On Teaching Public Finance

On Monday, I started another semester teaching at the University of Baltimore. This semester, I am teaching PUAD 701 Public Administration and Public Finance, a three-credit graduate course in the Master of Public Administration program. I have about 20…﻿
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After the Mission, Vision, and Values

This is part of a series on strategic planning focusing on the mission, vision, and values. For the rest of the series, please see: Part 1: Mission, Vision, and Values Part 2: The Mission Statement Part 3: The Vision Statement Part 4: The Values Statement…﻿
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Finally, we take a look at the values statement. The mission tells us what we do and the vision statement tells us why we are doing it. The values statement tells us how we are doing it. It provides an abstract interpretation of how we conduct our…﻿
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Writing for Mathematical Reviews

Yesterday, I wrote about writing for Mathematical Reviews (MR). MR is a database of reviews of existing mathematical literature. This is different from the peer review process, and happens post publication. The service, run by the American Mathematical…﻿
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There’s been a lot of talk about a recent gerrymandering disaster in Missouri. For the best discussion, read Lowering the Bar’s take on it. Coincidentally, I reviewed an article by Jeff Suzuki for Mathematical Reviews over the weekend, on how…﻿
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Next we want to talk about the vision statement. The vision statement is distinct from the mission statement. If the mission statement tells us where we are, then the vision statement tells us where we are going. I prefer a different analogy, though. The…﻿
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Mission statements explain what you do. They are simple and elegant statement. For instance, let’s assume we are creating a mission statement for a hypothetical coffee shop, which will call the Coffee Machine.[1. The startup is not a coffee shop.] The…﻿