The purpose of this website is to provide recent and ongoing information for CU Denver Math Clinic section 1 instructed by Prof. Fournier from 2019 spring to 2022 spring (7 semesters).

Math Clinic provides students with valuable experience applying their knowledge and skills to solving "real-world" data science problems i.e., those provided by external sponsors from government, industry, non-profit or other organizations.

  • Each sponsor:
    • describes their problem in an initial meeting (in person or by video-conference);
    • helps define deliverable outcomes (usually over a few hours' e-mail exchange);
    • contributes to the operational expense of the clinic (TBD);
    • provides data (if appropriate); and then has the options to
      • execute a contract with Statement of Work and specific Deliveries, and
      • interact with a Math Clinic team (2 to 4 graduate or senior undergraduate students to devote at least 180 hours each over the semester) as much or little as suits the needs of the project.
  • Each team learns to:
    • listen to their sponsor;
    • compose a formal Project Proposal;
    • conduct applied data science research dynamically i.e., without knowing in advance all the mathematical, statistical, computational etc. methods that might be required;
    • learn or refresh those methods partly independently;
    • compose Python code and Jupyter notebooks to analyze the data and solve the problem; and
    • compose professional-quality, extensive code documentation (notebook Markdown cells including mathematical formulations) embedded in software that reproduces the results.
  • Professor Fournier manages all these activities, drawing upon his experience with various research topics and purposes in academia and industry. He especially focuses on matching sponsor's needs with students' abilities, to ensure all participants are satisfied.

General and historical information about Math Clinic may be found by clicking around this site.