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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.


Nov
22
comment Word for arson by secret police
There is nothing specific since this is rare in the English-speaking world, to rare to have a single-word for it.
Nov
22
comment 1902 use of phrase “giving a tiger” in the context of paying homage to the King's coronation
As said by Jim Backus' genie in A-Lad-In his Lamp: youtube.com/watch?v=I7ZzKGvcmWs#t=6m31s
Nov
8
comment Use of the Phrase 'Home Tuition'
In India, "tuition" remains the correct choice. It will be well-understood and other words will seem pretentious or awkward.
Nov
4
comment What does “red hot” mean?
Is the vendor saying "red hot," or "red hots?" The latter is more likely...
Nov
2
comment Is the use of the word 'hence' improper in business writing?
As a native-born Canadian, I would say it sounds very formal, but not old-fashioned. But I'd avoid "whence" and "thence" as definitely archaic.
Oct
5
comment Is there any “swearword” in English not associated with excrements, the genitals, sexual activity or religion?
It is shocking that anyone might consider this euphemism for the f-word obscene.
Oct
5
comment why do we say for example “ a little too late” instead of saying “ too late”
Do you mean "too little, too late?" What you've asked, "a little too late" means "late, but not by much."
Oct
1
answered What 's meaning of “ Business fit, not best in class ”?
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
27
revised Does one “Write” with a Computer?
edited title
Sep
27
answered Does one “Write” with a Computer?
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