GAUSS (Graduate and Undergraduate Students Seminar)

Upcoming Seminars

When: Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 4:00-4:30 pm in PB 012

Presenter: Miguel Bueno (Fresno State student)

Title: The Effectiveness of Regulatory Policies in Reducing Airbnb's Presence in Local Markets

Abstract:The growth of the sharing economy has received increasing attention from economists and policy-makers. Airbnb, an on-line home-sharing platform based out of San Francisco, has remained at the forefront of the discussion. Recent literature suggests that by restricting the supply of housing, Airbnb exacerbates the current affordability crises plaguing many US cities (Horne and Merante 2017, 19-24), potentially gentrifying neighborhoods and displacing residents (Lee, 2016, 243).  Such concerns have prompted policy-makers to regulate the home-sharing platform by implementing occupancy taxes (Erb 2017), executing “Cool Dow Periods”,  issuing short-term-rental permits (San  Francisco  Office  of  Short  Term  Rentals,n.d.), and/or  limiting the number of days listings are available (Booth  2016). While recent policy decisions have drawn criticism from critics and advocates of Airbnb alike, the effectiveness of such policy implementations has not been measured. This research aims to empirically estimate the effectiveness of such policies. In particular, the removal of thousands of Airbnb units who failed to register with the City of San Francisco by January 2018. If there is a notable effect on residential rental prices, economic theory dictates this could be attributed to a decline in the supply of Airbnb units – ceteris paribus. 


When: Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 4:30-5:00 pm in PB 012

Presenter: Chris Newmark (Fresno State student)

Title:The Statistics of Bitcoin

Abstract: Bitcoin has become very popular over the last several years. Among the 2099 different crypto-currencies, Bitcoin is the most popular - and continues to be a source of inspiration and controversy. Investment institutions are taking a serious interest in Bitcoin, but just how risky is this new digital currency? In this talk, we explore some basic statistical topics applied to Bitcoin. We will then give an overview of Extreme Value Analysis and show how this branch of statistics can be used to determine the risk associated with Bitcoin.


Past Seminars 

When: Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 4pm in PB 012

Presenter: Oscar Castanos (Fresno State student)

Title: On Volterra Quadratic Stochastic Operators of a Two-Sex Population

Abstract: We consider a family of operators which model the behavior of a current generation and its trajectory for future generations. We observe the fixed points of our operators and the way trajectories behave around these fixed points. We use the eigenvalues of the Jacobian matrix of our operator to find the type of fixed points of the operator.


When: Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at 3 pm in PB 012

Presenters: Ariana Cavazos and Abigayle Dirdak (Fresno State Students)

Title: Knot or Not a Knot? - A Game on Knot Diagrams


When: Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 3 pm in PB 012

Presenters: Emma DenBesten, Maria Diaz, and Yuliana Segura (Fresno State Students)

Title: Exploding Dots


When: Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 4pm in PB 033

Presenter: Ariana Cavazos (Fresno State student)

Title: An Analysis of Obesity and Climate Change in the United States

Abstract: Obesity and climate change have become a major issue in the United States. To gain a better understanding on how obesity impacts the environment, we analyzed Edwards and Roberts' study (2009), "Population adiposity and climate change." They made very strict assumptions regarding the United Kingdom in the 1970s and in 2010. To better represent the United States, we made our own assumptions so we could grasp an understanding on how changes in BMI are affecting greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, the study focuses on greenhouse gases emitted from food production, vehicle transportation, and air travel. We found that their assumptions were relatively consistent with our normal weight population. However, Edwards and Roberts' predicted 2010 population had greatly underrepresented estimates compared to our hypothetical overweight population, thus suggesting that a raise in BMI is indeed causing greater emissions to be emitted due to food production, vehicle emissions, and aviation fuel demands.


When: Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 4 pm in PB 033

Presenter: Abigayle Dirdak (Fresno State student)

Title: Virtual Trivalent Braids

Abstract: This talk is based on my summer research experience during the 2017 Mathematics REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Fresno State. Come learn some cool stuff about braids and their geometric and algebraic properties.


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