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Ricky Simanjuntak

Science and Technology

Class of 2017


Ricky is a junior at Stony Brook University studying economics and mathematics. He is from Indonesia. His current interests are differential geometry, topology, Lie group, labor theory and government policy. He did some study in the history of math, in particular about early algebra work in Middle Eastern mathematics, and is currently trying to make a constructed language. He is a huge fan of the board game Go.

Computational Essay

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Project: Analysis of Mathematics Genealogy

Goal of the project:

The goal of this project was to gain a better understanding of how the mathematical community behaves throughout time by analyzing the Math Genealogy Project database.

Summary of work:

  1. We did data mining from the Math Genealogy website.
  2. We explored various ways to visualize and interpret the information.
  3. We measured how the community developed by observing a mathematician who has an advisor from a different country.

Results and future work:

  1. We found out our data is heavily biased toward Americans.
  2. We made a histogram and distribution map of the number of new mathematicians in each country for that year and an ancestor tree.
  3. We located a certain point in history where there is a sudden increase of mathematicians.
  4. We found that 20% of mathematicians in our data have an adviser from a different country.

Wolfram Summer School | Champaign, IL, USA | July 3 29–July 22, 2022