Wayne State University, PhD, Mathematics, Statistics, 2008
Wayne State University, MA, Mathematics, Statistics, 2004
Areas of Expertise
I earned my BS in Mathematics and Physics and MS in mathematics from Tallinn Pedagogical University, Tallinn, Estonia; MA in statistics and PhD in mathematics with emphasis on Statistics from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Holdai, Veera and Wainwright, Barbara A. (2015) Actuarial Present Value. vol. 4. no. Winter 2015. The Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics and its Applications.
Duklewski, Ben, Holdai, Veera and Wainwright, Barbara A. (2018) On Some Limitations of Financial Models. vol. 2018. no. Volume 1. pp. 41-68. The Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications.
Holdai, Veera and Carmack, Lori A. Students co-authoring problems for class activities and assessments. PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies).
Cowall, David E., Capen, Alane K. and Holdai, Veera (2016) The Influence of a Poor Prognosis on the Intensity of Treatment and Survival in Advanced Cancer Patients. vol. Volume 2. no. 2. pp. 021. BAOJ Palliative Medicine.
Layton, Katherine, Rayne, Florence, Cao, Wen, Bulas, Dorothy and Holdai, Veera (2020) Increasing the Use of Ultrasound in the Diagnosis of Appendicitis in Children in a Community Hospital Emergency Department. Pediatric Radiology Annual Meeting.
The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. We further the understanding of our worlds through mathematics because mathematics drives society and shapes our lives.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society of applied and computational mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, statisticians, physicists, educators and students. Society provides a forum for facilitating interaction between researchers in academia and industry.
The paper is motivated by N.N. Taleb essays on randomness of real world. In particular, we are interested in the “rare” events. Some data from the social world (economic, financial, and the internet) are analyzed with well known normal distribution. Models based on “thick tailed” distributions are useful in explaining ”winner takes all” effect in the 21st century global economy. Some variations of normal and Pareto distributions are considered. However, the asset pricing with a thick tailed return model cannot result in an arbitrage-free world.
Students co-authoring problems for class activities and assessments
Joint Mathematical Meetings, Denver, CO
Many researchers strongly advocate active learning as an essential part of educational process. Numerous studies have concluded that active learning improves student retention, understanding, performance, and attitudes toward the overall learning experience. In the Mathematica classroom, requiring students to create problems of their own is a simple and fun way to introduce active learning. This paper presents some examples and ideas for engaging students in this way, illustrating the ease with which active learning can be implemented in mathematics instruction.
Geometric Distribution of Order k and its Application to Financial Market
National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Edmond, Oklahoma
Statistics consultant at the Research Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC). I help doctors and staff to analyze hospital (in particular, cancer related) data . I advice undergraduate math or other major student-interns.