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Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats
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Welcome to Cardiff, Croeso I Gaerdydd!
For all our +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats students starting with us today, we have 3 days of induction activities lined up... Enjoy!
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Dragons and bunnies! Finally a way to explain Central Limit Theorem!
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Good news for our OR students :)
Top 10 degree subjects by lifetime salary.

Rank 9: Operational Research.
Thousands of students are starting their university degrees this week. Which degree subjects will lead to the highest salaries?
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Just finished putting up my screencasts for R for the upcoming +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats class I'm teaching. Here's the last one which looks at the "twitteR" package. (The video feature the +INFORMS twitter page :) ).

All the course (which teaches +SAS Software and R) materials can be found at 
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Note the corrected date +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats students!  Also here's again the link to the post with the videos:
Highly recommend attendance for the learning opportunity and your CV...  
Here's an updated (fresh of the press from +Joanna Emery!) list for my OOP course with a corrected date and more so it now has 6 people on it...

(Here's the old one:
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Two fun days have just ended.

Here are some pictures of the 2 day intro to OOP day that the +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats students just got put through.

It's a pretty intense two days where the students are set a difficult coding task that forces them to use concepts they have not seen before. At the end of the day, +Paul Harper, +Leanne Smith, +Angelico Fetta +Jason Young and myself rank the output and just gave out chocolates to the winning team (who in fact submitted a working version of their code yesterday).

It's intense and the students are not necessarily 'happy all the way through' (as the deadline gets closer and closer) but hopefully they find it useful as A) a team exercise and B) a brutal introduction to Python and OOP.

I'm pretty exhausted now but I might write a blog post about it this weekend sometime.

If it runs again next year I very much look forward to it.
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Check this out!
I'll be teaching the +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats some queueing theory tomorrow. Here's a screencast I put together a while back showing the a basic example of queueing theory with a bit of +Sage Mathematical Software System thrown in for good measure.

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Could you please share the link of the Sage project?
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Welcoming our new cohort of +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats students with an induction day including some fun 'ice-breaker' activities (people bingo, music quiz, team games etc)! Seems we have 45 students enrolled from across 8 nationalities. Welcome to them all!

Tomorrow we have 205 first year undergraduates expected to arrive... Great that so many are wanting to study mathematics degrees :)
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MAT001 - OR Methods
Message from +Vincent Knight: could students please ensure they watch the following two Game Theory related videos before next week's session (Tuesday 1st October):

An introduction to mixed strategies using Sage math's interact page.

A game theoretical approach to the EMV ED interface
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Some good news it seems....  University leavers could have better graduate job prospects than their predecessors when they attempt to enter the world of work this summer, a survey has suggested.

(Seen via +Joerg Fliege)
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Hey +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats students, check these out from +Vincent Knight in relation to the one day option running on OOP that +Joanna Emery advertised earlier today.  Be sure to sign up fast, as this is something very useful and not least that the MSc Advisory Board recommended that we teach.  Thanks Vince for all the effort gone into this :)
Just finished putting together 12 short and very brief videos on object orientated programming in python. This is for a 1 day workshop that I'll be teaching aiming to introduce +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats students to oop. The videos are very brief and meant to act as a support tool for the rest of the course.

The first videos look at python (learning python is a bi-product of the course) and cover:

- character variables
- numeric variables
- if statements
- while loops
- for loops
- functions
- lists
- dictionaries

the last 4 videos actually look at oop concepts:

- class instances
- attributes
- methods
- inheritance

If it's of interest, the slides for the course are available here:

The github repository with the content and a description of how I'm running the course is here:

(if you force the quality of the video on youtube you can see the text for sure but with hindsight I should have made the font a bit bigger)
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Hey +Cardiff Maths MSc OR/Stats students and others interested in OR, check out these links to open access courses that may well be of interest.  
Merry Christmas!
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MSc in OR, Applied Statistics and Risk
This is the Google+ page for the MSc degree programmes in the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University:

MSc in Operational Research and Applied Statistics
MSc in Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Risk

This page is maintained by the MSc Director, Prof. Paul Harper (, and Knowledge Transfer Officer, Mrs Joanna Emery (