Andrés Aravena

Improving peoples' lives through Teaching, Scientific Research, and Engineering. Applied Math, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics



Systems Biology

Computing in Molecular Biology

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

Fundamental Mathematics for Life Sciences

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Recent posts

CMB1: Homework 6

Dec 6, 2019 - 127 words

Subsets and linear models.

CMB1: Homework 5

Nov 28, 2019 - 196 words

Scatter plots, choose colors, size, titles, and scale.

Should I learn Turkish? What is best for the University?

Nov 24, 2019 - 625 words

Some people ask me why I do not learn Turkish. It is a good question. For sure, it will be good for me. I would be able to speak about football with the butcher, discuss politics with my father-in-law, and read my collection of Matematik Dünyası magazine. But, what is best for our University?

My academic ancestors

Nov 3, 2019 - 651 words

The Department of Mathematics of the North Dakota State University publishes a website called Mathematics Genealogy Project with a database of many mathematician and their advisors. It is a genealogy since usually these can be seen as family relationships. Your Ph.D. advisor is your parent, their advisor is your grandparent, and so on, to all your ancestors. If you have advised someone, they become your children, and their students are your descendants.

Course Homepage: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

Sep 26, 2019 - 669 words

This course is an Introduction to Scientific Computing for students of all sciences. We use Linux to learn the basic tools that allow us to handle structured data and extract valuable scientific information from it.

Course Homepage: Computing in Molecular Biology 1

Sep 16, 2019 - 720 words

This course is an introduction to Data Science for students of Molecular Biology. We use the R language to learn the basic tools to handle structured data and extract valuable scientific information from it.

CMB2: The Biologist Toolbox: Simulating Systems on the computer

Apr 4, 2019 - 1832 words

Once we have a description of a system, and a nice drawing to represent it, we can answer some interesting questions. The first question is usually what will happen? In other words, we usually want to know what is the behavior of the system?.

CMB2: The Biologist Toolbox: Drawing Systems

Mar 26, 2019 - 560 words

Can we represent a complex system in a simple and easy to understand way that is still realistic enough to be useful? The graphical representation that we discuss here, based Petri nets, can be used to summarize a dynamical system and can easily translated into a simulation.

Keep your mind sharp on August

Aug 23, 2018 - 1730 words

Why do rich kids learn more than poor kids? According to some research, the "achievement gap" between kids of high-income and low-income families is not that rich kids learn more, but that they forget less in the summer holiday. Following this idea, I propose a couple of challenges to keep your mind active during the holidays, and maybe win a nice book.

Chile: My Professor got an International Prize

May 5, 2018 - 647 words

One of my professors got an international award. He had already won the most prestigious national recognitions in Science. Now he became global. This gives me the opportunity to start a series of posts about my world-class professors and their international achievements.

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