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Stats4Grads: Drunken Heroine Quest: A Fantasy World Application of the Theory of Random Walks

Presented by Hugo Lo, Durham University, Department of Mathematical Sciences

10 May 2017 13:00 in CM105

Our research on random walk problems has a lot of useful applications in ecology, psychology, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology as well as economics. However, most of them are too serious for this presentation. Instead, we will guide you through some basics of random walk theory, in a format of a fantasy story... Once upon a time, the brave Edward went on a fearful quest of defeating a dragon to win the heart of the beautiful Dorothy. After falling foul of the curse of the Chief Warlock Albus, Edward is trapped in a skyscraping tower of unknown location in the boundless land of Hyrule. It is now up to Dorothy to break the curse to free her inamorato. With Edward nowhere to be found, alcohol seems to be the only way for Dorothy to pass the days. Without a particular direction nor a systematic search, a random walk journey begins. Are you ready for this exhilarating and unforgettable adventure? All are welcome.

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