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When Life is Linear: From Computer Graphics to Bracketology
 
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
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When Life is Linear: From Computer Graphics to Bracketology
MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society
Softcover ISBN:  978-0-88385-649-9
Product Code:  NML/45
List Price: $65.00
MAA Member Price: $48.75
AMS Member Price: $48.75
Sale Price: $39.00
eBook ISBN:  978-0-88385-988-9
Product Code:  NML/45.E
List Price: $50.00
MAA Member Price: $37.50
AMS Member Price: $37.50
Sale Price: $30.00
Softcover ISBN:  978-0-88385-649-9
eBook ISBN:  978-0-88385-988-9
Product Code:  NML/45.B
List Price: $115.00 $90.00
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  • Book Details
     
     
    Anneli Lax New Mathematical Library
    Volume: 452015; 136 pp
    Recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's Beckenbach Book Prize in 2017!

    From simulating complex phenomenon on supercomputers to storing the coordinates needed in modern 3D printing, data is a huge and growing part of our world. A major tool to manipulate and study this data is linear algebra. This book introduces concepts of matrix algebra with an emphasis on application, particularly in the fields of computer graphics and data mining. Readers will learn to make an image transparent, compress an image and rotate a 3D wireframe model. In data mining, readers will use linear algebra to read zip codes on envelopes and encrypt sensitive information.

    The books details methods behind web search, utilized by such companies as Google, and algorithms for sports ranking which have been applied to creating brackets for March Madness and predict outcomes in FIFA World Cup soccer. The book can serve as its own resource or to supplement a course on linear algebra.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • Chapter 1. X Marks the Spot
    • Chapter 2. Entering the Matrix
    • Chapter 3. Sum Matrices
    • Chapter 4. Fitting the Norm
    • Chapter 5. Go Forth and Multiply
    • Chapter 6. It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson
    • Chapter 7. Math to the Max
    • Chapter 8. Stretch and Shrink
    • Chapter 9. Zombie Math—Decomposing
    • Chapter 10. What Are the Chances?
    • Chapter 11. Mining for Meaning
    • Chapter 12. Who’s Number 1?
    • Chapter 13. End of the Line
  • Additional Material
     
     
  • Reviews
     
     
    • The aim of this small volume is to engage in applications of linear algebra. The focus is on motivation and raising interest rather than on teaching. ... if you can't imagine what linear algebra is good for, read this book, get captivated, and start to explore on your own.

      Dieter Riebesehl, Zentrallblatt MATH
    • One of the nice things about linear algebra, I've always thought, is that there is something in the subject for just about everybody. There's a lot of beautiful theory, but at the same time those people who like to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty with computations, particularly in aid of interesting applications, will find much here to interest them as well. ... The writing is clear, the applications are interesting, and a student with some knowledge of linear algebra would benefit greatly from knowing the material in this book.

      Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews
    • ... Math can be fun and it can be useful, a small percentage of people consider it both. With the existence of this book, that percentage will rise.

      Charles Ashbacher
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Volume: 452015; 136 pp
Recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's Beckenbach Book Prize in 2017!

From simulating complex phenomenon on supercomputers to storing the coordinates needed in modern 3D printing, data is a huge and growing part of our world. A major tool to manipulate and study this data is linear algebra. This book introduces concepts of matrix algebra with an emphasis on application, particularly in the fields of computer graphics and data mining. Readers will learn to make an image transparent, compress an image and rotate a 3D wireframe model. In data mining, readers will use linear algebra to read zip codes on envelopes and encrypt sensitive information.

The books details methods behind web search, utilized by such companies as Google, and algorithms for sports ranking which have been applied to creating brackets for March Madness and predict outcomes in FIFA World Cup soccer. The book can serve as its own resource or to supplement a course on linear algebra.

  • Chapters
  • Chapter 1. X Marks the Spot
  • Chapter 2. Entering the Matrix
  • Chapter 3. Sum Matrices
  • Chapter 4. Fitting the Norm
  • Chapter 5. Go Forth and Multiply
  • Chapter 6. It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson
  • Chapter 7. Math to the Max
  • Chapter 8. Stretch and Shrink
  • Chapter 9. Zombie Math—Decomposing
  • Chapter 10. What Are the Chances?
  • Chapter 11. Mining for Meaning
  • Chapter 12. Who’s Number 1?
  • Chapter 13. End of the Line
  • The aim of this small volume is to engage in applications of linear algebra. The focus is on motivation and raising interest rather than on teaching. ... if you can't imagine what linear algebra is good for, read this book, get captivated, and start to explore on your own.

    Dieter Riebesehl, Zentrallblatt MATH
  • One of the nice things about linear algebra, I've always thought, is that there is something in the subject for just about everybody. There's a lot of beautiful theory, but at the same time those people who like to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty with computations, particularly in aid of interesting applications, will find much here to interest them as well. ... The writing is clear, the applications are interesting, and a student with some knowledge of linear algebra would benefit greatly from knowing the material in this book.

    Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews
  • ... Math can be fun and it can be useful, a small percentage of people consider it both. With the existence of this book, that percentage will rise.

    Charles Ashbacher
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