Statistical Tools for Literature and Language Studies

(Originally posted at on March 21, 2010 9:28 AM)

Here are the slides for a seminar-workshop on statistics that I’m giving tomorrow to the faculty members of the Department of Literature and Language Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Ateneo de Naga University.

In my experience, statistics is best learned using examples from one’s field of study. Admittedly, the slides do not contain as much information as I would like to teach. Unfortunately, as the seminar-workshop is limited to one day only, I am forced to limit my selection of topics to those which I think are most useful to the participants in general.

I hope that the participants will use the understanding and the skills that they learned in this seminar-workshop to better appreciate the research papers that they read and to better describe the results of their own research.


An Invitation to Research

(Originally posted at on March 7, 2010)

Here is a short talk I gave in July 2007 to encourage the mathematics faculty to do research.

Sphere Packing

(Originally posted at on February 23, 2010 9:00 AM)

There have been many popular articles on sphere packing.  See, for example, Ian Stewart’s A Bundling Fool Beats the Wrap, The Kissing Number, and Proof and Beauty (the middle part), and Simon Singh’s Packing Them In.  I wrote a very short article about Hyperspheres in Hypercubes, targeted at undergraduates.  (It’s just a simple summary of a discussion by Hamming.)

2010 Bicol Mathematics Conference

(Originally posted at on February 8, 2010 10:08 PM)

The third annual Bicol Mathematics Conference was held at the Ateneo de Naga University last Saturday, February 6, 2010. I presented a talk on “Combinatorics on Words” during the afternoon parallel sessions.

Academe Publishing House had a display during the event.