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How to Free Your Inner MathematicianNotes on Mathematics and Life$
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Susan D'Agostino

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843597.001.0001

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Appreciate the process, by taking a random walk

Appreciate the process, by taking a random walk

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(p.241) 40 Appreciate the process, by taking a random walk
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How to Free Your Inner Mathematician
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Susan D'Agostino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843597.003.0041

“Appreciate the process, by taking a random walk” offers a basic introduction to random walks—a mathematical formalization for a path as an object wanders away from a starting point—with a particular focus on biased random walks, including a real-life example of a random walk of an E. coli bacterium. The discussion is illustrated with hand-drawn sketches. Mathematics students and enthusiasts are encouraged to build in a productive bias in mathematical and life pursuits. At the chapter’s end, readers may check their understanding by working on a problem. A solution is provided.

Keywords:   random walk, biased random walk, E. coli, math, student

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