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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.


Sep
13
answered Why not “virtual estate” instead of “screen real estate”?
Sep
12
answered Is it correct to say “Yesterday night”?
Sep
11
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Definition of “albeit” and how it's different from “although” (if it is)
Sep
9
answered How did 'patriate' develop to mean 'transfer … from a mother country to its former dependency'?
Sep
8
comment “This box of matches is empty”
@VooMar You are trying to use logic to analyze a human language, but your reasoning is fallacious. The term "box of matches" is relatively common in English and has a set, well-understood, almost idiomatic meaning, whereas the term "box of steel" is in significantly less common use
Sep
6
comment Use of articles
Check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headlinese.
Sep
2
awarded  Good Answer
Aug
30
comment Derogatory word or term for a peasant/lower class
Note that there is some disagreement about whether one can say "the hoi polloi," but it really is quite acceptable.
Aug
29
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
24
comment What does “If wishes were fishes we'd all swim in riches” mean?
If think it's "ifs and ans" - an being an archaic synonym for if. "Ands" makes no sense here.
Jul
18
answered Difference between “novice” and “newbie”
Jul
5
comment What is “Build We Won’t” in complete form?
This is what I was struggling to remember. I have deleted my flawed answer.
Jul
2
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
2
comment What does the presence of the perfect tense reveal about us?
This is not a discussion board.
Jul
2
comment Correct, clear, concise way to use “potato-potato” in writing
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let's_Call_the_Whole_Thing_Off shows this.
Jul
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
1
answered What does the presence of the perfect tense reveal about us?
Jul
1
answered Correct, clear, concise way to use “potato-potato” in writing
Jun
25
comment English words that derive from religous origins
Zounds! This question could result in a list of biblical proportions!