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

– from Leaving Las Vegas (John O’Brien, 1990, Grove Press)


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 2nd: 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 Willow or one of the supercomputers is available at http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/appssubpage.php?pagename=fortran.inc. More info on using C/C++ on Willow or one of the supercomputers is available at http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/appssubpage.php?pagename=cmcsr.inc.


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:
“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.