Posts Tagged ‘ operations research ’

Why I am going to ICOTS9 in Flagstaff, Arizona

February 9, 2014
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Why I am going to ICOTS9 in Flagstaff, Arizona

I was a university academic for twenty years. One of the great perks of academia is the international conference. Thanks to the tax-payers of New Zealand I have visited Vancouver, Edinburgh, Melbourne (twice), San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Salt Lake City … Continue reading →

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Why I am going to ICOTS9 in Flagstaff, Arizona

February 9, 2014
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Why I am going to ICOTS9 in Flagstaff, Arizona

I was a university academic for twenty years. One of the great perks of academia is the international conference. Thanks to the tax-payers of New Zealand I have visited Vancouver, Edinburgh, Melbourne (twice), San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Salt Lake City … Continue reading →

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Deterministic and Probabilistic models and thinking

December 16, 2013
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Deterministic and Probabilistic models and thinking

The way we understand and make sense of variation in the world affects decisions we make. Part of understanding variation is understanding the difference between deterministic and probabilistic (stochastic) models. The NZ curriculum specifies the following learning outcome: “Selects and … Continue reading →

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Deterministic and Probabilistic models and thinking

December 16, 2013
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Deterministic and Probabilistic models and thinking

The way we understand and make sense of variation in the world affects decisions we make. Part of understanding variation is understanding the difference between deterministic and probabilistic (stochastic) models. The NZ curriculum specifies the following learning outcome: “Selects and … Continue reading →

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On-line learning and teaching resources

September 22, 2013
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On-line learning and teaching resources

Twenty-first century Junior Woodchuck Guidebook I grew up reading Donald Duck comics. I love the Junior Woodchucks, and their Junior Woodchuck Guidebook. The Guidebook is a small paperback book, containing information on every conceivable subject, including geography, mythology, history, literature … Continue reading →

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Parts and whole

August 4, 2013
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Parts and whole

The whole may be greater than the sum of the parts, but the whole still needs those parts. A reflective teacher will think carefully about when to concentrate on the whole, and when on the parts. Golf If you were … Continue reading →

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Why learning objectives are so important

June 30, 2013
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Why learning objectives are so important

The most useful thing I learned in my teacher training at Auckland College of Education in 1985 was to write learning objectives. Not many years, and two babies later, I began lecturing at the University of Canterbury in Management Science/Operations … Continue reading →

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Why engineers and poets need to know about statistics

June 16, 2013
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Why engineers and poets need to know about statistics

I’m kidding about poets. But lots of people need to understand the three basic areas of statistics, Chance, Data and Evidence. Recently Tony Greenfield, an esteemed applied statistician, (with his roots in Operations Research) posted the following request on a … Continue reading →

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Probability and Deity

May 26, 2013
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Probability and Deity

Our perception of chance affects our worldview There are many reasons that I am glad that I majored in Operations Research rather than mathematics or statistics. My view of the world has been affected by the OR way of thinking, … Continue reading →

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Which comes first – problem or solution?

April 8, 2013
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Which comes first – problem or solution?

In teaching it can be difficult to know whether to start with a problem or a solution method. It seems more obvious to start with the problem, but sometimes it is better to introduce the possibility of the solution before … Continue reading →

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