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November 20, 2009


There you are, Prof. Thiele! I was starting to wonder where you were!

Anyhow, I think the subject GREs are horrible. I tried studying for the math subject GRE and realized that it simply had too many wrinkles that I at one point knew quite well (well enough to AP out of Math 21 and 22, and well enough to get an A in Math 23 and A- in Math 205), but simply required too much work to restudy and re-memorize. It's interesting in that these things should be taken not senior year or the year before applying to grad school, but no further than *sophomore* year, during which year these skills are learned.

It seems ridiculously silly. Furthermore, the idea of testing speed with pencil and paper seems rather silly. A computer will be infinitely faster than a human being in terms of brunt calculations.

And furthermore, I consider it ridiculous that there's a math subject GRE, a physics subject GRE, but where the heck are the operations research and statistics subject GRE exams? Talk about discrimination!

Hi Ilya! Sorry for the long break in posting. Those past two weeks have been hectic. Some good things happened, and some bad things happened, and I'm just glad the weekend is almost there. (It looks like some other people have missed me too - the page views for this post are going through the roof. Thanks everybody! I appreciate it.)

How are things with you?

Building up my recruiterdex! (That's a portmanteau of recruiter and rolodex =P). So far, so good. It seems I'm in excellent shape gradewise. Sent an application to Google today. Hoping to get a phone interview.

I hope the good things are more permanent than the bad ones!


Recruiterdex? LOL! That's a good one. Here's another one I recently learned about: "quantcentration". It's about the quantitative decision-making models used on Wall Street leading to all investment banks concentrating their positions in the same stocks.

Check out: http://www2.goldmansachs.com/gsam/docs/instgeneral/general_materials/whitepaper/quantcentration_implications_for_quantitative_equity_investing.pdf

Yeah, the good things are more permanent than the bad ones, so hopefully next week will be better and I'll have more time to post.

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