Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Fibonacci at Bucknell!

Leonardo of Pisa (a.k.a Fibonacci) has a remarkable connection with Bucknell, and to celebrate this fact we are holding an interdisciplinary conference on October 14. Featured speakers include: Mario Livio – an astrophysicist and author of popular science books, Keith Devlin – NPR’s “Math Guy” and the author of numerous popular mathematics books, William Goetzmann – Director of the International Center for Finance, Yale University This event will be in the Langone Center from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Lunch tickets are available in Olin 380, or by writing to math@bucknell.edu

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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Student Talk: Jimmy Chen, September 21 at noon in Olin 268

Title: Efficiency Of Non-Compliance Chargeback Mechanisms In Retail Supply Chains Abstract: In practice, suppliers fill retailers’ purchase orders to the fill-rate targets to avoid the non-compliance financial penalty, or chargeback, in the presence of service level agreement. Two chargeback mechanisms – flat-fee and linear – have been proven to effectively coordinate the supply chain in a single-period setting. However, the mechanisms’ efficiency, the incurred penalty costs necessary to coordinate the supply chain, have not been studied yet. Since retailers are often accused of treating chargeback as an additional source of revenue, this study compares the expected penalties resulted from the […]

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Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Student Talk: Pete Brooksbank September 7 @ noon in Olin 268

Title: What Do You Mean, It’s Hard? Abstract: Suppose someone gives you a computer and asks you to perform one of the following tasks: solve a 17 × 17 × 17 Rubik’s cube, or decide if a given list of 100 integers can be broken into two parts having equal sums. If your life depended on it, which task would you choose? Which is harder, computationally? In 1971, Stephen Cook proposed a strong measure of efficiency – polynomial time, or simply P – as a desirable standard to which we should hold solutions to computational problems. Task A is an instance […]

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