2017 National Math Festival

Presentations recorded at the 2017 National Math Festival (nationalmathfestival.org) in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence - How Does Google Do It? The Pagerank Algorithm

This lecture was filmed at the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. and features Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence of the University of San Francisco.

When we type a search query into Google, it puts the “good stuff” that we want right up front and all the “junk” at the end. How does it do this? Hint: a little bit of graph theory, and some linear algebra! Learn more about the mathematics behind web searching.

Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of San Francisco. One of her passions is broadening participation in the mathematical sciences by mentoring and outreach in various nationally recognized programs, such as the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program for Women and the MSRI-UP summer program for undergraduates. As a self-proclaimed Math Coach, she loves talking about mathematics to a wide range of audiences to promote its beauty and accessibility.

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