Event Detail

Event Type: 
Graduate Student Summer Seminar
Date/Time: 
Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
Kidder 280

Speaker Info

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Abstract: 

Empirical reconceptualization is the process of observing patterns in empirical data, forming conjectures and appropriate generalizations, and then re-interpreting those findings structurally. I discuss a case study where one student, Allen, demonstrated empirical reconceptualization in a computational setting as he found the formula for a binomial coefficient. Using the case study as an exemplar, I will discuss some difficulties of empirical reconceptualization (such as identifying viable patterns and conjectures), as well as some ways that the computational setting can facilitate it (such as the ability to quickly generate large data sets).