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About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.

Elementary Statistics – Somebody Do Something, Please

The traditional college-level elementary statistics for non-majors course needs a big change.  p-value reasoning should be replaced with Bayesian models.  The class, call it Stat 101, is the only contact with data analysis methods that most college students will ever … Continue reading

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Creativity Conference – Meta-Comments

Two thoughts from our Creativity Conference. One: U.S. academics are shaken by the current political situation.  They are looking to their research for solace, hope, and/or solutions.  Creativity as it relates to wisdom and ethics is now a hot topic.  … Continue reading

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Creativity Conference – What I Learned

The Creativity Conference was held here at SOU last Friday through Monday.   I started out, a naif, knowing nothing about how to think about creativity or how to measure it.  Here is what I learned. Creativity can be taught. Creativity can … Continue reading

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Creativity May Run Out of Resources

I am at a Creativity conference here in Ashland, Oregon.  In the first talk, Giovanni Corazza discussed the Dynamic Universal Creativity Process (DUCP).  He argued that evolution (creation) was growing super-exponentially and made a call for more creators and more … Continue reading

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Rubrics as Data – Part IV

Rubric data is ordered categorical data and, as such, can not be used to find averages or other numerical statistics.  See this post for details.  And yet, our (my) instincts are that measures of human behavior must lie on some … Continue reading

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Smart People, All of Them

People, need I say students, are smart in different ways.  They might be smart (expert at) playing a particular video game or shopping online or dog training or horse riding or the internal affairs of Poland or basketball or short … Continue reading

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My Worries

I worry that I sometimes waste my students’ time.  I know the standard lower levels of our math curriculum have antiquated parts. I need to  devise ways of delivering this required material in a modern context. I worry that my … Continue reading

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