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The Mathematics of Deep Ocean Search

by

Walter Stromquist
Swarthmore College

January 14, 2008
4:15 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served at 4:00 pm in Bailey 204


Abstract:

In 1968 the U.S. nuclear submarine Scorpion was lost at sea. The five-month search relied heavily on mathematics and mathematicians, and the techniques used---including Monte Carlo simulation, Bayesian probability updates, and the "random search formula"---set the standard for modern deep ocean search. We'll review the mathematicians' report on the search, give more details on Bayesian updates and the random search formula, and say something about how these methods have been improved in the years since the search.


For additional information, send e-mail to math@union.edu or call (518) 388-6246.
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