I’m a freelance artist and educator which basically translates as me being a brain prostitute with creative tendencies. I hire out my brain by the hour and impart information to others and sometimes this includes tutoring in stuff that others daren’t have in their brain. Sometimes this is photography and psychology, other times it’s essays and English, sometimes it’s physics in Welsh. Today’s it’s statistics and Poisson distribution.
Some stuff sticks in my brain really easily but other stuff is harder to pin down. Most maths is firmly in there. I’m happy with Mechanics and Pure Maths* but Statistics is one of those things that is easy to slip out of my brain. I’m tutoring it then I have to spend a while rehearsing and relearning to get my brain back up to speed. I’d rather be playing with glue and doing art but that isn’t an option today. I’d rather be delivering photography workshops and empowering people but that’s going to have to wait until tomorrow.
This stuff doesn’t learn itself and I have to know the full philosophy behind why the Poisson Distribution works and why it is relevant. I need to work out when to choose this and when a simple Binomial approximation will do. It’s not just numbers and language; it’s form and reasoning. Today I’m mathsing and I’m mathsing hard.
*I hold a joint honours bachelors degree in Pure and Applied Maths. It’s an extra string to my bow alongside the 1st class honors in Photography in the Arts