
David H. Bailey
"Computo ergo sum."
http://www.davidhbailey.com

Updated: 17 Mar 2015
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Affiliations
Bailey has two affiliations for his professional research work:
 Senior Scientist (retired), Computational Research Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Bailey officially retired from LBNL effective 27 June 2013, but continues as an active researcher.
 Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Davis (February 2013  present).
Research overview
High performance computing. Bailey is a leading figure in the field of highperformance scientific computing, with research ranging from numerical algorithms to supercomputer performance studies. He is author or coauthor of one book and over 100 papers in this field. His paper "The NAS Parallel Benchmarks" (coauthored with several colleagues at NASA Ames Research Center) is widely cited in performance studies of scientific computer systems. His paper "FFTs in External or Hierarchical Memory" presented a technique for performing the fast Fourier transform (FFT) on parallel and hierarchical memory computers that is the now basis of many FFT implementations on modern computer systems. He has received both the Sidney Fernbach Award from the IEEE Computer Society and the Gordon Bell Prize from the Association for Computing Machinery.
Computational and experimental mathematics. Bailey is also a leading figure in the field of computational and experimental mathematics, applying high performance computing to problems in research mathematics. He is author or coauthor of five books and over 100 papers in this field, many of them in conjunction with his longtime collaborator Jonathan M. Borwein of the University of Newcastle, Australia. Bailey is also a coauthor of two widely used highprecision computation software packages. His bestknown paper in this area, "On the Rapid Computation of Various Polylogarithmic Constants," coauthored with Peter Borwein (Jonathan Borwein's brother) and Simon Plouffe, describes a new formula for pi that permits one to directly calculate binary digits of pi beginning at an arbitrary starting position (this formula was discovered using Bailey's computer implementation of the PSLQ algorithm). In two more recent papers, Bailey and the late Richard Crandall demonstrated a connection between these formulas and a fundamental question about digit randomness. Bailey has received the Chauvenet Prize and the Merten Hesse Prize from the Mathematical Association of America.
Financial mathematics. Bailey, together with his colleagues Jonathan Borwein (of the University of Newcastle, Australia), Marcos Lopez de Prado (of Guggenheim Partners) and Jim Qiji Zhu (of Western Michigian University), have written a series of papers on mathematical finance. Their bestknown paper in this area, "PseudoMathematics and Financial Charlatanism: The Effects of Backtest Overfitting on OutofSample Performance," has attracted considerable interest in the field (see Press reports for details).
Other activities. Bailey and his colleague Jonathan Borwein jointly operate a website devoted to experimental mathematics. They also write articles on mathematics and science for the Math Drudge blog and contribute articles to the Huffington Post and the Conversation. More recently, Bailey, Borwein, Marcos Lopez de Prado and Jim Qiji Zhu have instituted a website and blog devoted to financial mathematics and the misuse of mathematics in the field.
See Papers directory for a full list of over 200 technical papers.
Books
Bailey has written one book on performance science, four books on computational and experimental mathematics, a CDROM reference. All of these books are available at Amazon.com or directly from the respective publishers. Further information on the experimental math books is available in the Books section of the experimental math website. The performance tuning book is available Here.
Conversation articles
Bailey and his colleague Jonathan Borwein have authored articles for The Conversation, an international forum of academic research and discussion based in Melbourne, Australia. A listing of these articles is available here:
Experimental Mathematics website
Bailey has published numerous research studies in the area of "experimental" (computerassisted) mathematics, which establish that modern highperformance computer technology can be effectively utilized as a tool for mathematical research. Here is a website with additional information:
Financial Mathematics website
Bailey and Borwein, together with their colleagues Marcos Lopez de Prado of Hess Energy Trading Co. and Qiji Jim Zhu of Western Michigan University, have recently written a series of papers in mathematical finance, with the objective of helping researchers and investors distinguish mathematically sound techniques from the unfortunately much larger body of questionable techniques that sadly pervade the finance community and financial news. Here is a website with additional information:
Highprecision software library
Bailey is a coauthor of several software libraries for highprecision computation. These libraries include translation facilities so that one can use, with minor modifications, ordinary Fortran or C++ programs to perform highprecision calculations:
Huffington Post articles
Bailey and his colleague Jonathan Borwein have authored articles for the Huffington Post, a popular news and information based in the U.S. that was recently named the world's most influential blog/news site in a U.K. Guardian article. A listing of these articles is available here:
Math Drudge blog
Bailey and his collaborator Jonathan Borwein, jointly operate the "Math Drudge" blog, which contains essays, news and other material in the realm of mathematics, computing and scientific research:
Mathematical Investor blog
Bailey and Borwein, together with their colleagues Marcos Lopez de Prado and Qiji Jim Zhu, operate the "Mathematical Investor" blog, which contains essays, news and other material in the realm of financial mathematics and related disciplines:
Online papers
Online copies of over 180 of Bailey's technical papers are available here:
Online talks
Online copies of many of Bailey's recent lectures are available here:
Personal website
Some articles, papers, photos and other materials not directly related
to Bailey's scientific research work are available at this website:
Photos
Pi
In 1996, Peter Borwein (brother of Jonathan Borwein), Simon Plouffe and Bailey coauthored a paper that presents a new formula for pi:
This formula, now known as the "BBP formula for pi", permits one to compute the nth binary or hexadecimal digit of pi, without computing the first n1 digits, by means of a simple scheme that requires very little memory. It was discovered by Simon Plouffe using a computer program written by Bailey that implements a simplified version of Helaman Ferguson's "PSLQ" algorithm. More recently, Richard Crandall and Bailey have shown that there is a connection between the new pi formula and the centuriesold question of normality (ie, statistical randomness of digits in a certain sense) of pi and various other math constants.
Some additional information on pi:
 Bailey's pi website:
http://www.davidhbailey.com/pi
 Science News article (April 24, 2004):
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 Scientific American article (May 2003):
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 See if your name is coded in the first four billion binary digits of pi:
http://pi.nersc.gov
 Fax to Bailey from "The Simpsons" TV show:
PDF.
Note: The 40,000th digit of pi was provided to the show by Bailey, and this was aired in the show on 6 May 1993  search for "Marge in Chains" at
Simpson math website.
Press reports
Here are some press reports mentioning Bailey:
Resume
Bailey's detailed curriculum vitae (resume), including a list of publications, is
available here:
Websites of interest