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My background is in math (BMath; Waterloo) and civil engineering (BASc, MASc; Toronto). As I learned to dislike statistics when I was studying math, fate provided me with the opportunity to do a master's thesis on applying good old-fashioned statistics to hydrology with the goal of finding improved methods of estimating underlying distributions from small samples. Fortunately, this relied heavily on Monte Carlo simulation and I was able to convince myself that it was based on software instead of statistics. I somehow ended up as a software developer working on real time control systems and ancillary applications for the broadcast industry for fifteen years and now work as a project manager for the development of call center software.


Apr
11
comment Proper capitalization of titles
And what about "the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto...?"
Apr
10
comment Term for student who was thrown out of university?
There are rejects, and there are ejects. This seems to be the latter.
Apr
6
comment Why do the words ducky and jake mean fine or satisfactory?
I don't think most AmE speakers know these nowadays either, but I always thought "ducky" was more BrE, but Jake might be AmE. I have heard them in songs from the twenties and thirties, but nothing I can remember.
Apr
5
answered Why are all consonants preceded by or followed by vowel sounds when pronounced?
Apr
3
answered “Waiting on” and “waiting for”
Mar
31
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which is correct — period, semicolon, or colon?
Mar
26
comment “Both of you” vs. “the both of you”
You should wait 24 hours or so before accepting an answer - there is an excellent chance that someone in a different timezone will have come up with something better.
Mar
26
comment “Both of you” vs. “the both of you”
I've updated my answer to include that the "the" form is for emphasis. It normally seems to indicate exasperation or anger. One would never say something like "I am friends with the both of you."
Mar
26
answered “Both of you” vs. “the both of you”
Mar
25
comment Pronunciation of CH
None of these have the "kw" sound that appears at the begining of choir, though.
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
23
comment Is it “board game”, “boardgame” or “board-game”
"Board game" is by far the most common. What research did you do before asking?
Mar
23
answered How to call the scientists who work in the natural sciences?
Mar
23
comment How to call the scientists who work in the natural sciences?
What exactly does a "technical scientist" study?
Mar
22
answered “This box of matches is empty”
Mar
9
answered What is the origin of 'aqualung'?
Mar
4
comment why people use different words for the same meaning when there is one common easy word?
This is also what makes English such a rich language. I am fairly confident that no other language has, or needs, the phrase "mot juste."
Mar
4
comment What does “no worse than …” mean?
It means exactly what it says. Compare to "no better than."
Mar
4
answered why people use different words for the same meaning when there is one common easy word?
Mar
4
answered What is the translation for French expression “fiche produit”