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Welcome to The Random Sample, a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical frontiers (ACEMS). In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. Featuring episodes from The University of Melbourne, The University of Adelaide, QUT and UNSW. To learn more about what the centre does, visit https://acems.org.au. For further resources and shownotes, visit https://acems.org.au/podcast

Latest Episodes

Driven by Data: Statistics in Sports

In the race for gold, athletes are always looking for a competitive edge. But could that edge now come from the mathematical sciences? There is more data than ever available now about athletes - and that data can tell us a lot about how these competitors are doing - or even how they might perform in the future. To do that, though, we need statistics to bring meaning to all that data. In this episode, we explore the ever increasing role of data and statistics in athletic performance and sports. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

43 min2 d ago
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Driven by Data: Statistics in Sports

Living & Playing Together in Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay, off the coast of Southeast Queensland, is home to an incredible array of iconic marine species like dugongs, turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, sharks and rays. But because it's so close to Brisbane, it's also a very busy bay for recreational and commercial traffic. And that's only going to increase. In this episode, we introduce you to a new project that will use statistical analysis - and some very cool technology - to try to show how what's happening above the surface is impacting the marine life below it. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

17 min1 w ago
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Living & Playing Together in Moreton Bay

Making a Connection to Culture

We explore the connections between mathematics and Aboriginal culture and how they can be used to transform how Aboriginal students learn maths. Also in this episode, we look into how these connections, and this education, might help all students and teachers when it comes to teaching and learning maths. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

39 min2 w ago
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Making a Connection to Culture

Why Study Maths & Stats?

We sit down with four university students from around Australia who are studying maths and stats. When did they realise they wanted to study the mathematical sciences? The four students are at various stages of their academic journey. What has it been like so far? And do they think they've made the right choice and why? Our hope with this episode is to maybe get some young people to think about maths and stats as a field of study, or at least something to think about. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

50 min3 w ago
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Why Study Maths & Stats?

From Maths to the Media

What can you do with a mathematics education? For Casey Briggs, he's turned it into a career with the ABC. In this episode, Casey talks about his role in communicating data and statistics, especially when it comes to a story like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

42 minOCT 28
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From Maths to the Media

A Chat with Professor Kerry Landman

From business to biology, Professor Kerry Landman has taken her love for applied mathematics and made a huge impact. For some 40-years, she has devoted her career to cross-disciplinary research to help solve a wide range of problems. In 2019, she was named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In this episode podcast, Kerry talks about her career, some of the people who have impacted her life over the years, and what she's doing now in retirement to make a difference. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

46 minOCT 21
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A Chat with Professor Kerry Landman

Hacking Your Lower Brain to Improve Predictions

Do you ever stop and think about how much time you spend on your mobile phone, or binge-watching your favourite TV show? Not surprisingly, tech companies and apps actually make those predictions - and they also sell those predictions. In this episode, we look investigate the disturbing possibility that companies might take it a step further by also getting us to do what they were predicting - or at least pushing us closer to our predicted behaviour. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

49 minOCT 14
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Hacking Your Lower Brain to Improve Predictions

Fact vs Fake: Targeting Misinformation on Social Media

One of the biggest issues we face is the deliberate spread of false information over platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Because of the network properties of those platforms, it's not hard to see how wrong, or even dangerous, information can end up in the news feeds and the minds a lot of people. In this episode, we explore what a team of researchers is doing to tackle this problem. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

43 minJUN 24
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Fact vs Fake: Targeting Misinformation on Social Media

Bayes' Theorem: The Past & the Future

Bayesian statistics help decide what email you get is spam. It can assess security and medical risks, decode DNA, enhance blurry pictures, help explain stock market volatility, predict the spread of an infectious disease, and its methods were even used by Alan Turing in World War 2 to crack the secret of the Nazi enigma code. In this episode, we explore the history of Bayes' theorem, the ideas behind it, and why it's really becoming a powerful statistical tool in the 21st century. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

44 minJUN 17
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Bayes' Theorem: The Past & the Future

From Cells to Systems: the Maths of Biology

It's one of the fastest growing areas of mathematics, and for good reason. Mathematical biology tackles problems involving things like genetics, diseases, epidemics, ecology, population growth and extinction. The list could go on and on. In this episode, we explore the field of mathematical biology as we chat with one of Australia's rising stars in the field, QUT Professor Matthew Simpson. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

39 minJUN 10
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From Cells to Systems: the Maths of Biology

Latest Episodes

Driven by Data: Statistics in Sports

In the race for gold, athletes are always looking for a competitive edge. But could that edge now come from the mathematical sciences? There is more data than ever available now about athletes - and that data can tell us a lot about how these competitors are doing - or even how they might perform in the future. To do that, though, we need statistics to bring meaning to all that data. In this episode, we explore the ever increasing role of data and statistics in athletic performance and sports. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

43 min2 d ago
Comments
Driven by Data: Statistics in Sports

Living & Playing Together in Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay, off the coast of Southeast Queensland, is home to an incredible array of iconic marine species like dugongs, turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, sharks and rays. But because it's so close to Brisbane, it's also a very busy bay for recreational and commercial traffic. And that's only going to increase. In this episode, we introduce you to a new project that will use statistical analysis - and some very cool technology - to try to show how what's happening above the surface is impacting the marine life below it. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

17 min1 w ago
Comments
Living & Playing Together in Moreton Bay

Making a Connection to Culture

We explore the connections between mathematics and Aboriginal culture and how they can be used to transform how Aboriginal students learn maths. Also in this episode, we look into how these connections, and this education, might help all students and teachers when it comes to teaching and learning maths. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

39 min2 w ago
Comments
Making a Connection to Culture

Why Study Maths & Stats?

We sit down with four university students from around Australia who are studying maths and stats. When did they realise they wanted to study the mathematical sciences? The four students are at various stages of their academic journey. What has it been like so far? And do they think they've made the right choice and why? Our hope with this episode is to maybe get some young people to think about maths and stats as a field of study, or at least something to think about. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

50 min3 w ago
Comments
Why Study Maths & Stats?

From Maths to the Media

What can you do with a mathematics education? For Casey Briggs, he's turned it into a career with the ABC. In this episode, Casey talks about his role in communicating data and statistics, especially when it comes to a story like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

42 minOCT 28
Comments
From Maths to the Media

A Chat with Professor Kerry Landman

From business to biology, Professor Kerry Landman has taken her love for applied mathematics and made a huge impact. For some 40-years, she has devoted her career to cross-disciplinary research to help solve a wide range of problems. In 2019, she was named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In this episode podcast, Kerry talks about her career, some of the people who have impacted her life over the years, and what she's doing now in retirement to make a difference. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

46 minOCT 21
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A Chat with Professor Kerry Landman

Hacking Your Lower Brain to Improve Predictions

Do you ever stop and think about how much time you spend on your mobile phone, or binge-watching your favourite TV show? Not surprisingly, tech companies and apps actually make those predictions - and they also sell those predictions. In this episode, we look investigate the disturbing possibility that companies might take it a step further by also getting us to do what they were predicting - or at least pushing us closer to our predicted behaviour. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

49 minOCT 14
Comments
Hacking Your Lower Brain to Improve Predictions

Fact vs Fake: Targeting Misinformation on Social Media

One of the biggest issues we face is the deliberate spread of false information over platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Because of the network properties of those platforms, it's not hard to see how wrong, or even dangerous, information can end up in the news feeds and the minds a lot of people. In this episode, we explore what a team of researchers is doing to tackle this problem. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

43 minJUN 24
Comments
Fact vs Fake: Targeting Misinformation on Social Media

Bayes' Theorem: The Past & the Future

Bayesian statistics help decide what email you get is spam. It can assess security and medical risks, decode DNA, enhance blurry pictures, help explain stock market volatility, predict the spread of an infectious disease, and its methods were even used by Alan Turing in World War 2 to crack the secret of the Nazi enigma code. In this episode, we explore the history of Bayes' theorem, the ideas behind it, and why it's really becoming a powerful statistical tool in the 21st century. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

44 minJUN 17
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Bayes' Theorem: The Past & the Future

From Cells to Systems: the Maths of Biology

It's one of the fastest growing areas of mathematics, and for good reason. Mathematical biology tackles problems involving things like genetics, diseases, epidemics, ecology, population growth and extinction. The list could go on and on. In this episode, we explore the field of mathematical biology as we chat with one of Australia's rising stars in the field, QUT Professor Matthew Simpson. The Random Sample is a podcast by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. In this show, we share stories about mathematics, statistics and the people involved. To learn more about ACEMS, visit https://acems.org.au.

39 minJUN 10
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From Cells to Systems: the Maths of Biology
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