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  1. DanM

    NFL QB Tom Brady could have been huge on Wall Street

    He just posted his old resume from 2000 which he thought he would have to use because he was unsure of whether or not he would ever get drafted. I found it interesting that he had an internship at Merrill Lynch "researching stock and mutual fund reports." ;)
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    Undergrad preparation to becoming a quantitative analyst

    I would go with option 1.
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    Derivatives Analyst

    So I have an interview for derivatives analyst at a company that provides independent OTC derivative and structured product valuation and risk management. Just wondering what kind of questions I could possibly be asked. Keep in mind this is for someone with an undergraduate degree. I'm...
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    Did the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Lead to Risky Lending?

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2172549 A new study by NBER released a few months ago. I remember that initially there were studies that concluded that CRA did not play a role in the crisis. This one seems to suggest otherwise. Thoughts?
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    Multinomial RNG

    Does anybody know of an algorithm for generating random numbers from a multinomial distribution? I would like to implement it in (preferably) C++. But Java would be fine as well.
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    Football season

    The first half was embarrassing, but it was nice to see the 28 point comeback in the 2nd half, even though they came up short. The Giants on the other hand got blown out. ;)
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    Football season

    That was an awesome game.
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    Football season

    If Welker, Hernandez, and Branch don't drop passes at crucial points in the game like they did last time, and if Gronkowski is healthy, I don't see the same result being repeated. We finally have a decent defense.
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    Football season

    I think we could finally take them this year.
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    Football season

    So, less than a month before the NFL playoffs. What are everyone's thoughts? I may be a tad biased, but after last week's dismantling of the Texans, I don't see how anyone can deny that the Pats are the top team in the AFC (possibly even the entire league.) Tomorrow's game against the 49ers...
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    What sports do quant play and what beers do quant drink?

    I might take you up on this after finals. I'm enjoying the new physics engine in Madden.
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    Who is going to win the election and will it affect job market for quants?

    Economics today is dominated by Keynesians (unfortunately.) Their track record over the years has been less than stellar. It shouldn't surprise anyone that their solution to the problem is to throw money at it.
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    Who is going to win the election and will it affect job market for quants?

    I agree 100% with this. The ideal situtation would have been for failing institutions to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, liquidate their debt, and possibly allow other firms to purchase certain segments, assets, or business operations of those institutions. The following weeks or months may...
  14. DanM

    Game of Thrones

    Homeland is the best show on TV.
  15. DanM

    How useful are combinatorics?

    Combinatorics may not be as useful as numerical analysis, but it is an interesting area of mathematics. I'm currently taking a course in it (it is mostly proof based and theoretical) and I am liking it a lot. As far as application: it can be applied to molecular biology, coding theory...
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