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    How is this for a theoretical undergrad schedule?

    Yes it is, but I think esahione meant that you should take more 4__ classes in one major, instead of a little bit of everything.
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    How is this for a theoretical undergrad schedule?

    Image processing uses numerical methods like finite difference on various partial differential equations including the heat equation, which is directly related to the black-scholes equation. It also involves programming, depending on what language your professor uses. I would say it is...
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    How is this for a theoretical undergrad schedule?

    This can vary depending on where you want to go. For front-office jobs I think some business courses can be beneficial. I think you are taking enough quant courses and it wouldn't hurt to mix it up with some business ones. It can provide the soft skills needed in interviews and workplace. But...
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    How is this for a theoretical undergrad schedule?

    You don't really have to take numerical analysis earlier. But I assumed that you are going to apply to MFE starting fall 2010, and it would be good to have that course in your transcript before then. If you do well, the professor might even be a recommendation candidate. But again, you don't...
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    How is this for a theoretical undergrad schedule?

    Your schedule looks very rigorous. Looks a lot like my college schedule =] BMGT 430 Linear Statistical Models In Business, sounds like a business stats class. Is this required? You might be able to swap it with a regression course in the stats department. It's a lot more quantitative. BTW did...
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    Which is better: Graduate Probability or Complex Variables?

    Yeah I think 4 probability courses is overkill. Unless the material is in the grad classes are more advanced, which I doubt. Advanced probability is just stochastic which you are taking already.
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    Recommendation letters from professors.

    Sorry for being unclear. When I said biased I meant that even if the letter is only about good things, the professors might still feel uncomfortable writing about certain stuff if they know you will be reading it. I didn't mean that a professor will be writing crap about you behind your back...
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    Recommendation letters from professors.

    Allowing you to read the letter can potentially pressure the professor to write a biased letter. After all, it's a letter from the professor to the admission office, not to you. Even though the writing is regarding you, the professor has no obligation to show you what he/she wrote.
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    Undergrad

    Yes undergrads are usually allowed to take graduate courses, but graduates students usually have priority when signing up for these classes. And the undergraduate take whatever spots that remain.
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    Need some help deciding b/w diff programs

    If you are one of those people who are natural programmers, then you would be fine. But otherwise yes, you will get eaten alive. Programming in general is extremely hard to be picked up by someone who has full-time work and part-time school going on at the same time.
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    Must Take Undergraduate Math Courses ?

    If it requires 2 semesters of abstract algebra... I would forget about it... I think stats major plus math minor is more than enough. BTW, abstract algebra is not advanced calculus (that's real analysis). Algebra is about doing things like proving that you can't trisect an angle with...
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    Must Take Undergraduate Math Courses ?

    Calculus should be a prereq for stats and analysis... So take the first one
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    Help Please

    Option Base 1 Function weirdCode2(list) Dim i, n As Integer n = Application.CountA(list) If Len(list(1)) > 4 Then weirdCode2 = list(1) Exit Function Else If n = 1 Then weirdCode2 = list(1) Exit Function...
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    Must Take Undergraduate Math Courses ?

    The three courses you mentioned are important but they are not must-takes. The must takes are calculus, ODE, linear algebra, probability, statistics, and programming. I really don't think PDE is a must take. In an undergrad PDE class, you just learn to solve heat, wave, and Lapace equations...
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    Take differential equations, numerical analysis, programming, and maybe a prob/stat course from the math department
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    Inception - the movie

    At the beginning of level one. Those bad guys where like 5 feet away from their taxi, surrounding them and spraying at them with assault rifles. There were 5 people in the taxi, and only one of them got shot... I don't know, the bad guys just seemed too crappy to be real. But since it was a...
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    Inception - the movie

    Yeah I've seen it. I didn't think it was as good as what everyone has been saying. The plot is good and the message is good. But the actions are too fake.. and I was sort of pissed off because of it.
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    For the zigzag part, just think about it, if the chicken runs in the opposite direction of the human and start zigzagging, it will be closer and closer to the fence, but the human will only be going back and forth around its initial point. Assuming the human will always choose direction that has...
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    If the chicken is not allowed to change direction, then it will lose for sure. Obviously, it would want to run toward the opposite end of the circle. Let Th be the time of the human, and Tc be the time of the chicken, one can show that: Th/Tc = pi/4 < 1, so the human will get there before the...
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    Hedge Fund Data

    Thank you guys very much for the help!
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    Hedge Fund Data

    Hey guys, I am wondering if any of you know where I would be able to find past performance data on certain hedge fund managers? Or just simply fund managers? Thank you very much.
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    You probably wouldn't need CFA given you are a finance major. But UChicago requires GRE subject. You might want to focus on that instead.
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    Google stops censoring web for China

    Someone needs to close this thread...
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    QuantNet Coding Project

    O.M.G. I am an idiot. I didn't keep enough sig figs so I thought it was divisible by 121 haha. But yeah, the answer is 232792560
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    QuantNet Coding Project

    I thought so too, but it is actually 21162960. It's a weird... Here is what I did It is basically a question of lcm(11,12,...20). So find prime factorization: 11: 11 12: 2*2*3 13: 13 14: 2*7 15: 3*5 16: 2*2*2*2 17: 17 18: 2*3*3 19: 19 20: 2*2*5 So LCM SHOULD be 2^4 * 3^2 * 5 * 7 * 11 * 13 *...
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    Google stops censoring web for China

    Freedom of speech takes time. Think about it, 1.3 billion people that desire wealth and power, with a huge portion of them still uneducated. If you are the leader of these people and have to unite them toward a common goal, what would you do? Let them do whatever they want and believe whatever...
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    Any Math courses?

    Complex is recommended by Rugter: Admissions Prerequisites and Recommended Courses &ndash Mathematical Finance at Rutgers They put complex in line with numerical, stochastics and statistics, before real analysis. I think it might be useful when it comes to fourier transform and...
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    Any Math courses?

    You missed linear algebra haha. Besides those that are required, here are some that might be helpful: Optimization Game Theory Real Analysis Complex Analysis Fourier Transform Time Series Analysis Financial Mathematics Not in any particular order
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    Google stops censoring web for China

    I definitely agree. Freedom of speech in China with their 1.3 billion people is chaos. I am actually impressed at the job the government has done over the past two decades in terms of uniting the country after a series of disputes during the 1900s. I remember when I interned in China last...
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    Ivy League PhD Finance Programs

    I agree with Joy Pathak, do some research to increase your chances. One of my professors used to be on the admission committee at one of the Ivy Leagues' programs said that they place huge weight on people who have done research. Good luck
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    Google stops censoring web for China

    Ah... tough call for both party. I don't even know what to think. Can't wait to hear the final decision from Beijing.
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    looking for advise in MFE

    Those are the minimum that you need in order for them to even consider your application. It doesn't mean that you will be accepted if you take those courses. They will also look at a ton of other aspects of your application.
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    Which of the following are the most important courses :

    I don't think every school in the US has advanced calculus. Some probably just include it with multi-variable calc. But for our school, it is basically an introduction to analysis, or something between lower-division calculus and real analysis. We covered limits and continuity...
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    Which of the following are the most important courses :

    Oh ok, at my school, people generally take Advanced Calculus before taking real analysis. I assumed roni had a good background in calculus so I but Real Analysis 4th.
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    Which of the following are the most important courses :

    1. Numerical Analysis 2. Stochastic Processes 3. PDE 4. Real Analysis 5. Mathematical Modeling I - Optimization I put PDE 3rd assuming you already have ODE. If not, PDE should be number one. Just my opinion =]. But I'm also an undergrad, so you don't really have to listen to me.
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    Getting your resume read???

    You can always make a pdf with pink background =]
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    Internships and other Summer Activities

    What would disadvantage you? Did she mean getting MSc or studying stochastic calculus?
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    Baruch MFE Application Criteria

    And for basic finance, pretty much anything will do.
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    COMPARE Consulting Career: Columbia MSOR vs Stanford MS&E

    I would say MBA is still the best degree for IBD. And Columbia isn't definitely too much better than Stanford, since SF also has a lot of those opportunities. If you do Columbia, you got a ton of competition. But if you do Stanford, your only main competitor is Berkeley.
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    MIT MFin Why so many people apply MIT MS Finance this year?

    I think the main reason is because MIT's program is less quantitative than MFEs: Do I need an undergraduate degree in a particular field in order to apply? "No. We receive applications from economics, management, science, engineering and mathematics majors, as well as other disciplines."...
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    7.7 Jane Street interview questions

    First of all, since y is your bid, this means that you want to bid less than 750. Second, instead of saying E[X] = 500, it should be, E[X | y > x], which is y/2 since it is uniformly distributed. If you plug this in, you will end up with expected profit of -y^2/4000
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    Applications of Green's and Stoke's Theorems in Finance

    You might still want to take Calc IV though. I'm sure it doesn't cover only Green's and Stoke's. Or does it?
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    Student reviewers of MFE programs

    Great review! Makes me want to go to NYU. Thanks a lot.
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    What kind of undergraduate program would a high school student want to become a quant?

    You would want to major in something like math, cs, engineering, or physics. Out of these four, I guess it depends on the school, or just pick the one you love the most. If you want a good exit, do engineering or get a double major with finance or economics. So if you don't get a quant job...
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    Admission Criteria

    Hey Connor, assuming working experience and research are relevant, where would you place them?
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    Admission Criteria

    Hey guys, I was just wondering, out of the following, how would you list them from most important to least important in terms of admission by most of the programs. Major GPA GRE quant score GRE verbal score TOFEL (if needed) Recommendations Personal statement Math courses...
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    Contrarian Investor Sees Economic Crash in China

    It's actually not a good thing because China's economy is tied to the US's. So if China goes down, the US is pretty screwed as well.
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    chance of admission if in the waitlist?

    Is that the stats for undergraduate admission? I don't think their MSFE program takes that many people.
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    I'm not sure I can help you too much since I'm also more of a math guy than programming. But I sent you a PM.
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    @wlyeung: I'm pretty much in your situation except I graduate in 2012. From what I've been hearing on this board, you are probably right in the need to focus on the programming side. I think the math is more than enough, but you might want to brush up on C++, and maybe learn VBA on your own in...
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    Atypical applicant question

    Andy and Roger Trimble have pointed out the programming skills. On the math-side you might want to take differential equations and numerical analysis (if you have time).
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    What are some good safety schools?

    Here is the ranking: https://www.quantnet.com/mfe-programs-rankings/ Admission statistics can be found each of the school websites (if they are published). Schools like Baruch and Berkeley publish their statistics, while schools like Columbia don't. Good luck!
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    Quantitative Section of GRE

    Ok, thank a lot for all the input guys!
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    Quantitative Section of GRE

    Thanks for the response const. This helps a lot! I have one more question. For those of you who have experienced both computerized tests and the paper tests, which one do you recommend? Thanks!
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    A Fun Interview Question

    In that case, the 202th pirate will also survive. The question says that at least 50% of the vote is needed. So if N=202, the will get the approval from pirate 2, 4, 6, ... , 200, plus himself. Which is 50%
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    Quantitative Section of GRE

    Hey guy, I was reading the evaluate my chance thread, and for a while you guys were discussing the method for grading the quantitative section of GRE (until Andy shut it down). So I just want to bring this back up again since I am going to be taking the GRE soon. I am really scared not...
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    A Fun Interview Question

    Yeah, i think so too. If n > 1000, the oldest n-1000 pirates will die, unless they are willing to contribute more coins from their personal savings...
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    A Fun Interview Question

    I have to disagree with your algorithm because, since P1 (youngest) is not getting anything if n = 2, he would vote for other pirates' plan if they offer him even one single coin. For example, in n=3, if P3 offers P1 a coin, P1 prefers P3's 1 coin over P2's 0 coin, and there, P3 would have the...
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    A Fun Interview Question

    P4 will not give 1 to P1, he will give 1 to P2. If P4 gives 1 to P1, P1 might still vote against him, since he knows that P3 would give him 1 anyway. So he is indifferent between voting for or against P4. Therefore P4 will choose to give himself 499, and give P2 1. Since P2 will not get anything...
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    A Fun Interview Question

    Do backward induction: If there are only 2 pirates: P2 takes 500, P1 takes nothing If there are only 3 pirates: P3 takes 499, P2 takes nothing, P1 takes 1 (P1 will vote for the plan since he prefer 1 over nothing) If there are only 4 pirates: P4 takes 499, P3 takes nothing, P2 takes 1...
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    A Fun Interview Question

    Yup the meat is eaten if n is odd :). At first I also thought, what a dumb question and guessed that the meat will not be eaten if n > 1. And Bastian, I agree, this is one of my favorites so far.
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    7.7 Jane Street interview questions

    Haha yup you are right :)
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    A Fun Interview Question

    There are n lions in a cage. If a piece of meat is thrown in, the closest lion can choose to either eat all of it, or walk away from it. If he chooses to eat, he will fall asleep afterward and becomes a piece of meat. Assume the only way of dying is been eaten by other lions (so they can't...
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    An Interview Question

    I saw this question somewhere online, and one guy's answer was: Turn one on, wait 1 million years, turn on the second one. Go in the room. The bulb thats broken goes with the first one. The one thats on goes with the second one. And the one that is off is the third.
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    7.7 Jane Street interview questions

    For 38*38. There is a really neat trick for multiplication for any 2 two-digit numbers: If you are given a problem of solving x^2, do 100*(x-25)+(50-x)^2. It might seem tedious but after some practice you can do it in your head easily. So for example, 38^2 = 100(38-25)+(50-38)^2 = 1300+144...
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    Another way is to use geometry. Since the segment is cut by two points x1 and x2, length of x1 needs to the less than 1/2, OR length of x2 need to be less than 1/2, AND |x1-x2|<1/2. So if you plot x1 and the x-axis and x2 and the y-axis, you end up with a square of 1x1 that is the set of...
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    My first message post, I have three questions

    Intro to derivative pricing would count for sure. But I wouldn't say intro to accounting economics or management would count as introductory finance courses. When I think about intro to finance, I think about things like time value of money, bond/stock valuation, CAPM, market efficiency, and...
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    Math quant jokes

    A mathematician, an engineer and a chemist are at a conference. They are staying in adjoining rooms. One evening they are downstairs in the bar. The mathematician goes to bed first. The chemist goes next, followed a minute or two later by the engineer. The chemist notices that in the corridor...
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    Hmm... if the houses are uniformly distributed, and people are walking from these houses... It would make sense if on average, the distance is one half of a mile. Imagine a square with a star in the center. And consider the following picture...
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    This is the Manhattan or Taxicab metric. The distance is: \(Distance(p,q)\equiv\sum_{i=1}^n {|p_i-q_i|}\) where p and q are vectors. Since houses are uniformly distributed, my guess is half a mile. And do you mean that the city is 1 mile by 1 mile?
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    But what if n = 8. It would say that it needs 3 weighs, but it can be done with 2. She works at the club ;)
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    What is the average years of experience of Baruch MFE students?

    All the programs said that work experience is not necessary. The UCLA's program's average year of experience is also 4. But their age range from 22-43. So I guess a few students have no experience, and some have a ton. Source...
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    How qualify the Baruch?

    But since the admission rate is only 8%, it seems impossible for one to be admitted if he/she does not qualify for the quantifiable parts. Or is this true? Thanks!
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    Let (x=\sqrt{a+\sqrt{a+\sqrt{a+...}}}), then (x^2=a+\sqrt{a+\sqrt{a+...}}})<br> (x^2-a=\sqrt{a+\sqrt{a+\sqrt{a+...}}}}) (x^2-a=x). Then use pathagorean. And since it cant be a negative number so it has to be: (\frac{1+\sqrt{1+4a}}{2}) ---------- Post added at 11:19 AM ---------- Previous post...
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    "MFE program profile evaluation" master thread

    Hey guys, I'm new to the forum. I'm currently a sophomore in college dual majoring in math and finance. I am looking to go to grad school in FE. Here is my experience so far and what I have planned for the future: <u>Quantitative Courses:</u> Calculus I-IV Differential Equations Linear...
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