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    Should people with a degree in fin/biz/eco take the lvl 1 CFA exam ?

    How important are the verbal and AW sections of the GRE?
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    What is an entry-level trader's annual salary supposed to be?

    "BP Supply & Trading (I could be a little off on the name- it's been several years) is still very competitive- you'll be up against the second and third decile of students from Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Notre Dame, and maybe a sprinkling from Berkeley and Northwestern- but it's easier than...
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    UIUC-MS Finance

    MSF - Master of Science in Finance MSF - Master of Science in Finance Numbers don't seem consistent enough to tell you much.
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    Princeton to clam down on grade inflation

    I imagine some people here would know... Do Princeton students usually get some more GPA leniency than other Ivy league schools because of this policy?
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    What are the GPA and GRE 50% range at various schools?

    " the average student does 1-1.5 standard deviations above average in the most competitive programs, and maybe about 2 standard deviations" That's probably the most useful number I have seen, but for that, what would you classify UMich Engineering as?
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    top 200 jobs 2010 jobs rated

    You actually had me thinking that was a real book.
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    MIT MFin Why so many people apply MIT MS Finance this year?

    Well... It's called a Masters of Finance, not a MFE...
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    Usefulness of Data Mining & Information Analysis

    How useful is an educational background in Data Mining & Information Analysis to the finance industry?
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    A Fun Interview Question

    "In general, C is the maximum number of coins, then no pirates older than (2C+1) will survive." Can you explain why (and why those pirates won't simply instead vote in favor of any proposal?)
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    A Fun Interview Question

    A question about the general case where N (number of pirates) > 1000... Do pirates of N-index < N-1000 (for instance, the first 200 if N if 1200) vote in favor when they get 0, because they don't want to risk the split coming to them, and they're unable to satisfy enough people, so they die?
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    A Fun Interview Question

    I'll be nit-picky and say that only happens if the lions know the other lions are intelligent, which was not stated (so I assume to be false). Is that something you're supposed to ask in the interview if they don't say? For the pirate problem, Pirate 2 won't ever vote for anything that...
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    A Fun Interview Question

    I'll have to assume where you said starvation at the end, you meant being eaten, because otherwise it makes no sense. If n > 1, the meat won't get eaten. If n = 1, the meat gets eaten, if n < 1, there are no lions to eat the meat.
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    What's missing from Industrial Engineering?

    "but the MFE has some foundational finance classes (ie Capital Markets & Investment Strategies). Also the MFE lets you customize with a concentration." But the IOE degree lets you take them as well, they're just not required. Also Financial Engineering is the concentration with IOE. I guess...
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    What's missing from Industrial Engineering?

    Edit: By the way, I am talking about at Michigan, not everywhere. So I'm looking at this here... and I'm wondering what's missing from what classes are part of that, and a full MFE program. The only three MFE only classes are Statistical Methods in Finance, Optimization Methods in Finance, and...
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    Undergrad degree combos?

    I definitely do want to get an IE degree. Firstly, it is much better at guaranteeing a good job out of undergrad (this is one of the top schools for IE). Secondly, I have more credits toward it than I am willing to abandon. I am not a 100% sure on finance either. Right now I'm saying "Yeah I...
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    Undergrad degree combos?

    I'm still researching what I want to do with my life, and I'm finding a number of interesting options (that is beyond MFE, completely different areas, not different branches of MFE), and I want to try to get a very broad undergrad degree which gives me depth in all these areas, because I'll...
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    Any advice?

    I'm not too much farther than you education-wise (I'm currently an undergrad in Engineering). Having done some more research on the subject I personally find that I think I would prefer to get into an MSF program instead of MFE eventually, but feel that the undergrad path I'm going on would be...
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    Claremont Graduate University

    Okay. I think the undergraduate university I'm at does the same sort of things (knowledge of C++/a semester of C++ is required for a lot of classes for the Financial Mathematics program).
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    Claremont Graduate University

    Do they not have specific C++ classes they want (like a C++ class with a focus on applying it to finance)? Are just general C++ classes fine? And I guess I'm taking this a little far off topic but this topic inspired this question, how deep into C++ does one need to go? For instance, how many...
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    Why not Matlab instead of C++?

    Didn't I see you suggest a Tesla GPU for someone? You must have known of some equivalent of this product (unless this is impressive over its competitors), does this "blow a hole in C++" or what?
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    Why not Matlab instead of C++?

    Showing my naiveness, is speed really that big of a concern? Do these companies not have enough money to spend on high performance computers, or do the calculations take too much from computer resources?
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    Why not Matlab instead of C++?

    I'm just starting to learn Matlab, and I'm coming to wonder, why isn't this used instead of C++ in MFE programs? Since it has some of the finance toolboxes, it seems like it would be a great choice (now I don't actually know anything of these tool boxes, so I could be totally wrong), but...
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    Is the MIT Problem In 21 really right

    A quick an simple explanation, he can't open the one with the money behind it. Because of that it's not random. If you chose the wrong door (which is likely), he only has 1 door to pick from.
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    Hmmm... My TI-83 is giving me a different answer... Edit: Nevermind, I was putting it in as sqrt(2)^sqrt(2)^sqrt(2)^sqrt(2) when I needed to do it sqrt(2)^sqrt(2) -> sqrt(2)^Ans -> sqrt(2)^Ans Sorry.
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    Sorry, you're right, you need more iterations, but once you go more iterations, you'll be above 2. The 3rd iteration is 2, the 4th is higher.
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    Well then it should never go above 2 when I take [2^(1/2)]^[2^(1/2)]^[2^(1/2)]... but it does after just 1 iteration it is 2, and then it grows very fast. Just plug it in 3 times, already above 2.
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    I believe how it works is a transistor exists in one state for a 1, and another for a 0, with one transistor able to handle 1 calculation at a time. Each transistor must be a unique particle. If it can can do more calculations than there are particles in the universe, then the universe is not...
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    Quantitative Interview questions and answers

    So, going WAY back... In the first post the X^X^X^X^X... = 2 one, if you say x = 2^(1/2) then it diverges. Any number greater than 1 will diverge. Therefore it must be 1? Another way to look at it is if X^X^X^X^X...(lnx) = X^X^X^X^X... then ln(x) must equal 1 right? So then you would say e...
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    Why not an UNDERGRAD Financial Engineering program?

    ^Yes but I believe the concentration is called "Mathematics of Finance and Risk Management" or "Financial Mathematics" not "Actuarial Mathematics." It's a shared page because they take many of the same courses, have the same core requirements. Similar to how they have all of these...
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    Why not an UNDERGRAD Financial Engineering program?

    There is a Financial Mathematics undergraduate program at Michigan also. However I believe it's very different from their MFE program.
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    How hard is it to get into a program?

    Finance in general sounds interesting to me, and I like math. I haven't looked specifically into math used in Financial engineering, but I haven't taken a Linear algebra course yet either (yes I know, I'm way too young to be thinking about this already) so I probably wouldn't be able to do any...
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    How hard is it to get into a program?

    Right now, I'm way to early in my education to be thinking about grad schools and such, but I am anyway. Basically I stumbled upon this (a while ago actually), and just wanted to find out how hard this is to get into. I am at a fairly prestigious university in an engineering program. It's not...
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