“Like an
experiment that is radically affected by the removal of one variable, her
situation demands assessment”.

– from
Leaving

Dear
Math/Stats Campers:

Thank you for your recent attendance to the Office of Information Technology’s
Math and Stats Camp. Six new people (mostly graduate students) were present
this past Wednesday, 1/24, for Dr. Sam Gordji’s
presentation: “A Taste of Math & Stats Packages Available for Student Use
at UM.”

McAlister’s
cookies and sweet tea were also tasted.

Prizes: a
Math Instructor and Ph.D. Candidate received the first participation prize, a
$5 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble (the Ole Miss Bookstore.) An
electrical engineering student received the 2^{nd}: a Unix SparcChart. The jackpot amount for the grand tech prize
drawing at semester’s end is now up to $11.

Brief
demonstrations of SPSS for Windows, SAS for Unix, and Mathematica
5.2 for Windows were given. Participants where shown where they could access:

- Mathematica downloads and installation
instructions: (http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/appssubpage.php?pagename=mathematica.inc)

- SPSS
Downloads (for University-owned computers) and installation instructions: http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/it/seminars/guides/spss.html

- SPSS in
the Weir Public Labs: http://www.olemiss.edu/itlabs/

- SAS
running on the UM Research Server, willow: http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/it/seminars/guides2/statpac.html#a

- IMSL Statistical
Library for Fortran and C++, on willow: http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/appssubpage.php?pagename=imsl.inc

- Matlab on willow or sweetgum: http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/appssubpage.php?pagename=matlab.inc

- one-on-one stats/math software consulting from one of the IT/MCSR
full-time or student consultants (email assist@mcsr.olemiss.edu).

UM students
and faculty may request willow accounts at the IT Helpdesk in Weir. More info
on Using Fortran on

As a result
of a student request, a pre-camp workshop-of-opportunity has been scheduled for
next Wednesday, February 1, at 3PM in Weir 107. The topic will be Intro to
Unix, Part 1. http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/educationsubpage.php?pagename=unix1.inc.
Three students have already indicated that they will attend, and more are
welcome.

Also, as a
result of needs identified during camp, three Mathematica
installations were performed in the Math department this morning by IT
consultants.

We very much
appreciate the suggestions by some of this week’s campers, on their evaluation
forms, for future seminar topics:

“LaTex”

“Programming in SAS”

“C
Programming”

One or more
of these might make it onto this semester’s Math Camp schedule, which still has
some open slots: http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/appssubpage.php?pagename=mathcamp.inc

At next
week’s Math Camp, Lukman Bojuwon will give a brief demonstration on “Solving
Fourier Transforms in Mathematica”, after which we
will welcome any and all Math/Stats software questions.