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Don Thompson
Professor of Mathematics

Division: Natural Science Division
Office: Rockwell Academic Center (RAC) 127
Phone: (310) 506-4280
E-mail: don.thompson@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Arizona, 1979
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of Arizona, 1976
  • B.A., Mathematics & Physics, Phillips University, 1974
Courses:
  • Great Books Colloquia
  • Mathematics (all levels)
  • Computer Science (all levels)
Key Awards/Affiliations:
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Visiting Scientist at the HRL Laboratory, Advanced Signal Processing and Neural Network Research Group
  • Advisory Board, Association for Core Texts and Courses
Academic Interests:
  • Bayesian network modeling
  • Great Books from the primary classic works from antiquity to the post-modern era
  • Rule extraction techniques for artificial neural networks and Bayesian network modeling.
Selected Works:
  • Shared Learning: CD-ROM Student Portfolio Project, a concurrent session presented at the 11th AAHE Conference on Assessment & Quality, Washington D.C., June 8-12, 1996.
  • Digital Assessment on the World Wide Web, a presentation made at the NCTLA What Works II National Conference on Postsecondary Education in the 21st Century, Penn State University, June 21-23, 1996.
  • "Evaluation of Neural Networks for Automatic Target Recognition," Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, Snowmass at Aspen, February 1, 1997 with K. Wojtek Przytula.
  • "Analysis of Trained Neural Networks," Computational Intelligence and Applications, Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing, Edited by Piotr S. Szczepaniak, Physica-Verlag, Heidelberg, 1999, pp. 268-275.
  • Space - The Ultimate Locus. ACTC. Notre Dame. April 2001.
  • Universality and History: Foundations of Core. University Press of America. March 2002. with Darrel Colson and J. Scott Lee.
  • Evaluation of Bayesian Networks Used for Diagnostics. IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, 2003. with K. Wotjek Przytula and Denver Dash. Presentation, Paper
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