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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.


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!
Jun
16
awarded  Caucus
Jun
16
awarded  Constituent
Jun
16
answered What is the word for 'not good at expressing words / thoughts / emotions in person'?
Jun
14
comment Two Opposite Meanings of 'Cleave'?
english.stackexchange.com/questions/29805/… suggests different etymologies for the two meanings.
Jun
13
comment Word that means “private word used by a group”
inside joke....
Jun
11
comment Why do many names use “y” in place of expected “i”?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the spellings of names rather than any aspect of English language or usage.
Jun
11
reviewed Reopen Hypernym for “customer,” “supplier”, “manufacturer”
Jun
11
awarded  Custodian
Jun
11
comment What does “contact drivers” mean?
Yes, usually "business jargon" === "sounds odd" to normal people.
Jun
11
answered What does “contact drivers” mean?