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  1. AWilliams

    Where do you stand politically?

    The way you think in categories is intriguing.
  2. AWilliams

    I am very good at computer programming but very average at maths... can I be a quant?

    Not to be too pedantic but there aren't to many performance critical applications where you absolutely need C/C++; applications where every bit of code has to be optimized. There's no reason you cannot write, for example, Microsoft Word in Java or .NET. In some applications, .NET can even...
  3. AWilliams

    Double-Major B.S in Math & Finance?

    You do understand it was a joke right?
  4. AWilliams

    Double-Major B.S in Math & Finance?

    That's exactly how it is at my school. I'm majoring in both Computer Science and Computational Mathematics which are both offered by the computer science department. Together, they have great overlap. (Note: like this post because i'm trying to keep my likes-to-post ratio high)
  5. AWilliams

    C++ online certificate for MFE applicants

    That's actually a really good question.
  6. AWilliams

    Online Engineering ..?? Really...??

    Overrated. You don't need a college for those.
  7. AWilliams

    Online Engineering ..?? Really...??

    When the classes grow to the size of 80-100 students (I think that's how much accounting classes are at Baruch), it doesn't matter in my opinion.
  8. AWilliams

    Online Engineering ..?? Really...??

    I almost never attended the second accounting class I had. But even in a brick and mortar college, it's sometimes hard to get in touch with certain professors in person.
  9. AWilliams

    Online Engineering ..?? Really...??

    Oh, okay. Sounds like political jargon.
  10. AWilliams

    Online Engineering ..?? Really...??

    Why do you guys use the term "for-profit" as if everyone else does not fall under the same category?
  11. AWilliams

    Online Engineering ..?? Really...??

    Oh. You're talking about an entire four year program.
  12. AWilliams

    Online Engineering ..?? Really...??

    Why are you so much against online courses? QN is offering a C++ online course. I don't see anything wrong with that.
  13. AWilliams

    .NET Importance in Quantitative Finance

    I should clarify that when I say I used it all the time, I meant with XML and even when parsing HTML via HTML Agility Pack (http://htmlagilitypack.codeplex.com).
  14. AWilliams

    .NET Importance in Quantitative Finance

    I love LINQ. I use it all the time.
  15. AWilliams

    What books are you currently reading?

    WPF 4 Unleashed.
  16. AWilliams

    Prostitution and Escorts on Wall Street

    That bold statement follows the mutual agreement statement. It's not directly pointing to prostitution. You're slightly taking it out of context. So if you disagree with it, you disagree with the statement "it is just a service which two people mutually agree on".
  17. AWilliams

    How many programmers are on Quantnet?

    Strange comment.
  18. AWilliams

    Prostitution and Escorts on Wall Street

    Anything that's illegal, which people still engage in, is called an "underground economy". Prostitution by itself in isolation do not lead towards it. The only reason we get this nonsense with pimps and abuse amongst women is because it's illegal. Similarly, when alcohol was illegal, we had...
  19. AWilliams

    Prostitution and Escorts on Wall Street

    What's wrong with that? It's a mutual agreement.
  20. AWilliams

    Best online virtual stock market?

    Hmmm. Quantnet have should a yearly virtual stock market competition. Each participate starts with $100,000 and are able to utilize any methodology to try and win (except for cheating). ;)
  21. AWilliams

    Paid C# internship opportunity; NYC, Able to start immediately.

    We've received two resumes from Quantnet. It's up to the head of the IT department to select the candidates now. The company is an entire Microsoft shop and the interns are expected to contribute almost immediately after selection, so having intermediate C# experience is important.
  22. AWilliams

    Paid C# internship opportunity; NYC, Able to start immediately.

    Hi, I'm looking for about three interns with C# experience willing to start immediately. It is at a small start up company. The minimum requirements are: C#, Javascript, html/css. The recommended requirements are ASP.NET and ADO.NET. If you don't know both asp and ado.net, the company is...
  23. AWilliams

    The college bubble

    Without being forced too, people would still go to schools. I would also assert that students major in particular fields not because of what they learn in schools now.
  24. AWilliams

    The college bubble

    This subject is far more complicated then it first appears. Students not knowing what they want to do by the time they hit 18 is, in my opinion, an inevitable consequence of state education. In this system, no one is given a choice. No one studies a subject because they have genuine interest in...
  25. AWilliams

    The college bubble

    Class of 2011, Most Indebted Ever! $22,900: Average student debt of newly minted college graduates The Class of 2011 will graduate this spring from America's colleges and universities with a dubious distinction: the most indebted ever. Even as the average U.S. household pares down its debts...
  26. AWilliams

    Financial Background + programming experience

    An MBA is a business degree. You will learn classes like accountancy, marketing, management and the likes.
  27. AWilliams

    Financial Background + programming experience

    Before I switched to CS/Computational Mathematics, I was doing a BBA. Let me tell you, it was a waste of time. You learn jack. Classes such as introductory accountancy, albeit necessary, can easily be learned in two weeks, but you are forced to utilize the entire semester to do so. We literally...
  28. AWilliams

    The Descent of Mono

    When Miguel de Icaza founded the Mono project in 2004, he was ridiculed. No way would Microsoft allow an open source implementation of its .Net platform to exist, critics said. Even after Mono gained commercial backing from Novell, many assumed Microsoft would soon move to crush the project...
  29. AWilliams

    What is the best Visual C++ .Net book I should start with?

    I have read so many C# e-books on my laptop that were all very good. CLR via C# is an excellent book if you want to dive into the CLR. C# design patterns is also very good for intermediary programmers. Neural Networks for C# is great if learning ANN for the first time. C# 4.0 In A Nutshell is...
  30. AWilliams

    Why is there a lot of international students pursuing mfe?

    You've obviously miscomprehended the post. Perhaps you should re-read. I never said that you said America was getting poorer. But i'm always fascinated by the lack of basic economic knowledge by the people on this site who are potentially future "quants" (Whatever that term has come to mean...
  31. AWilliams

    Why is there a lot of international students pursuing mfe?

    They are a lot of presumptions and misconceptions in this post which makes it hard to respond to. For instance, as the per-capita income levels rises, usually the demand for goods increases as well. So the tendency of buying abroad goes up, inevitably leading to a "trade deficit". There's...
  32. AWilliams

    Where is the bottle-neck in trading?

    Seriously man, you provide a huge disservice by commenting on issues you know nothing about.
  33. AWilliams

    Reform the PhD system

    McDonalds products are not funded by governments. We know that when governments provides a subsidy towards a specific industry or product, what occurs is an "overproduction" of that product. To me, this is by far the biggest reasons why they're more PhDs then jobs to satisfy and/or justify them.
  34. AWilliams

    Reform the PhD system

    Posting a link about a research position in Renaissance technology as the reason why there's nothing wrong with the PhD infrastructure is comparable to me giving you facebook links of two people who have won the mega millions lottery of an odds of 1 in 176million as the reason why you should...
  35. AWilliams

    Reform the PhD system

    http://www.miller-mccune.com/science/the-real-science-gap-16191/
  36. AWilliams

    Why aren't there a lot of girls pursuing a MFE degree?

    I think it's fair to say on average, most don't. I think it's fair to say on average, most do want to raise children.
  37. AWilliams

    Why aren't there a lot of girls pursuing a MFE degree?

    "Futher, I have seen specific cases where male-dominated offices are very hesitant to hire women for a range of reasons." Believe it or not, hiring a young woman as apposed to a young male carries greater risk for some professions. One obvious reason is that they require more off time to give...
  38. AWilliams

    Just took the Briggs Meyers personality test

    I'm INTP also. ;)
  39. AWilliams

    Quant Internship Interview Questions

    So what line of reasoning were you using? Initially, I was going to rank them by which is closest to the customer but ran into problems between the bank teller and postman. :confused:
  40. AWilliams

    Quant Internship Interview Questions

    Yeah. My initial thought was to say p(a) = 4/52*3/51, which would be true maybe if we were looking for a specific number. This should be fairly easy if you're a monopoly player. ;)
  41. AWilliams

    Rumor: Windows 8 Set for September Reveal

    I'v had no error since Win 7 came out. I would be using openSUSE now if the wireless drivers weren't so hard to find.
  42. AWilliams

    The perils of deskwork

    The earlier study mentioned in this article was done over a period of 13 years, involved over 17,000 participants, with about 40 or more researchers/scientists. They looked at the lifestyles of each participant so i'm sure they controlled for many of the variables you mentioned above. As far as...
  43. AWilliams

    The perils of deskwork

    It was suggested to me that I get a standing desk at work. Maybe that would help?
  44. AWilliams

    Quants love poker?

    Tmaloney, believe me when I say I was going to reply with the same exact thing. I truly don't know how someone can fully read that book. I don't even believe I got through the entire first chapter...
  45. AWilliams

    Rumor: Windows 8 Set for September Reveal

    You don't know what you're talking about.
  46. AWilliams

    Rumor: Windows 8 Set for September Reveal

    Yeah I like 7. There's a new mac OS coming out this summer also.
  47. AWilliams

    Rumor: Windows 8 Set for September Reveal

    The Windows 8 talk has really been heating up over the last week or so and today brings speculation about a possible release date for the OS. It’s been 18 months since Microsoft’s Windows 7 hit retailers’ shelves and if the latest reports are to be believed, the beta of the next version Windows...
  48. AWilliams

    Why is there a lot of international students pursuing mfe?

    Ah, by argument I don't mean a verbal fight, just a proposition.
  49. AWilliams

    Why is there a lot of international students pursuing mfe?

    We're really starting to move off topic with this discussion. :oops: I agree with you that it isn't easy to step into a classroom full of kids. But in this era with the internet, why does that have to be the case? The school system has no real incentive to improve on any situation so I honestly...
  50. AWilliams

    Why is there a lot of international students pursuing mfe?

    What's so special about high school teachers that you think they should make more money; anything other then some arbitrary sentiment about how important their work is? You can basically use that rationale with a host of other professions, none of which have the benefit of six months time off in...
  51. AWilliams

    Why is there a lot of international students pursuing mfe?

    How do you know it's wrong?
  52. AWilliams

    Why is there a lot of international students pursuing mfe?

    Yeah well income is really just determined by supply and demand. But since they work in public school, there's no real way to measure their true value. It's not as if grade school is offered freely as a choice like buying an xbox is...
  53. AWilliams

    Medicine vs. Finance

    Why is that sad? There's nothing wrong with that. One may have an interest in multiple fields. It's only natural to choose the one with the greatest financial return. And lets be honest here, many people choose the path towards being a quant because of it's financial allure.
  54. AWilliams

    Why you should cry for the intelligence of the human Race.

    People, especially older folks, who haven't focused on math in years can easily make this simple mistake.
  55. AWilliams

    The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown

    There's already an IE 10 preview already. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/04/12/native-html5-first-ie10-platform-preview-available-for-download.aspx
  56. AWilliams

    India's educational system

    I see no problem with this post nor with BBW as a person. You people are seriously to emotional. There's nothing immature with this thread nor the WSJ article.
  57. AWilliams

    Best Programming Language for Finance

    This article has some questionable statements in it. In all my years as a programmer, i'v only met ONE person who has ever started coding while in middle school. So the statement "They typically started before high school — sometimes before middle school " to me is baffling.
  58. AWilliams

    For-Profit Colleges Mislead Students, Report Finds

    Can someone link me to a non-profit college? I have yet to find one.
  59. AWilliams

    India's educational system

    Did bbw edit out his "inappropriate" comments? I'm still searching for them. Bbw, don't edit comments man. :(
  60. AWilliams

    To PhD, or not to PhD, that is the question

    Reading a paper by a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor about Ph.D's qualifications, it appears they only recruit candidates with deep interests in academic research; which is understandable. It also said a Ph.D is generally a waste of time if trying to enhance your job prospect. Again...
  61. AWilliams

    Newest child prodigy

    I do want to be alerted on the top in the alert tab, but not emailed. There's no way to set that? :(
  62. AWilliams

    Newest child prodigy

    I agree. EDIT: How do I stop email alerts? I could have sworn I turned it off in the preferences.
  63. AWilliams

    Newest child prodigy

    Again, you need a minimum amount of fliud intelligence to be a great chess player. But studies on grandmaster chess players shows that most of what is going on is not actual intense computational analysis of each move, but simply looking into their memories, recognizing similar positions they've...
  64. AWilliams

    Newest child prodigy

    So what's your IQ bbw?
  65. AWilliams

    Newest child prodigy

    What exactly do we mean by prodigy anyway? You certainly need a minimum level of fluid intelligence to grash higher level math concepts. One Harvard study (Or was it stanford?) claimed, as I remembered it, that you only need an IQ of about 101 to get through an undergrad mathematics program. If...
  66. AWilliams

    Stochastic Calculus

    Sometime in high school, during algebra class, the most interested I ever got was right before we started learning about compound interest and e. The teacher explained how it was first discovered and it's applications. I stayed up many nights trying to learning more and more about this strange...
  67. AWilliams

    The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown

    I have it installed. I don't see any problems with it so far.
  68. AWilliams

    How did you know about Quantnet

    From Baruch student clubs listing. I think...
  69. AWilliams

    Monte Carlo simulation using Java?

    Not fully following you. Lets say i'm using System.Threading.Tasks: that's one specific file in a folder (It's really two but w/e). And within that file, CIL code is housed. It's a similar process as in C++ and almost every programming language. So I don't see why bring it up? We're not talking...
  70. AWilliams

    Monte Carlo simulation using Java?

    - "Rich library, isn't a complexity of a language's programming constructs determining what the speed will be" Again, the library has nothing to do with .NET's execution speed. It's just a collection of assemblies sitting somewhere in a folder on your pc which you can call into your program. -...
  71. AWilliams

    Monte Carlo simulation using Java?

    You say C# is slower because it has "a rich library". That's entirely not true. It doesn't even seem like you understand what that term even means. The classes from the library which is utilized in your programs are the ones you call explicitly. The base library itself has nothing to do with...
  72. AWilliams

    Help Me Choose Where To Go For Undergrad

    Totally agree with you here; well at least from an undergrad perspective. I'm currently an undergrad student at Baruch (transferred from another CUNY school) and if I had to do it all over again, I would definitely just have gone to Syracuse or Binghamton University for various reasons. Unless...
  73. AWilliams

    Baruch MFE Which Undergrad major to take?

    You can double major in the arts and science school within Baruch, but I don't know so much about the business school. The statistics major doesn't even exist anymore because of lack of interest from the students. Outside of the business school, Baruch is really weak in everything else in my...
  74. AWilliams

    MBA students can't write, employers complain

    I thought he was joking with that reply.
  75. AWilliams

    Harvard vs. plumbing school?

    I didn't really see anyone imply life is "all about the money" in this thread. However, I do agree a plumbing probably isn't an enjoyable job to do. I wouldn't want to see someone with an IQ over 108 wasting their time doing it honestly.
  76. AWilliams

    What do I do?

    alique.williams@baruchmail.cuny.edu
  77. AWilliams

    What do I do?

    Ah, okay. I'm on IE 9. I'll make replies on Chrome from now on then.
  78. AWilliams

    What do I do?

    Can you link the syllabus for both the computer science and mathematics programs? As far as I know, most schools only require math up to calculus II and linear algebra for a computer science program. Maybe even differential equations if the computer science program is in the engineering...
  79. AWilliams

    Looking for 6 months -- need guidance

    Perhaps you can elaborate a bit more?
  80. AWilliams

    Poker Bots Invade Online Gambling

    Just make bots in every online game you've played. That's what I do. Over time, it becomes conceptually easy to transfer what you've learned in one area over to the next.
  81. AWilliams

    The Law of Large Numbers

    Isn't the law of large numbers just an alternative explination for the central limit theorem? Two me, both are the same exact phenomena. If so, why break it up into seperate theorems? Pardon my ignorance in advance.
  82. AWilliams

    Do you want to learn Stat Arb/Quant Trading?

    I recently joined the forum and it appears that i'm too late to register for these classes. Will you ever offer them sometime in the future Dr. Liew?
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