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Jacob Quinn
Worked at Sears Holdings Corporation
Attends Carnegie Mellon University
Lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Hopefully everyone heard about the recent v0.2.0 official release of Julia. For a lengthy list of changes/updates, see here:

Also check out a nifty IJulia notebook that was put together to highlight some of the happenings in the 0.2 community:

A big congrats/thanks to all who have contributed to 0.2 and here's to 0.3!
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Now this is cool. LDS (Mormon) church leaders are now on G+. Props to leaders willing to embrace technology and push forward in new ways to engage with an evolving society! Circle up for timely, uplifting, and insightful thoughts on living Christ-centered lives and doing good to those around us.
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I wonder if it is their assistants masqerading? maybe. 
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In this case, +Jacob Quinn, the sister of the Mustang's owner reached out to me personally.
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This was a really fun question with some great answers. Reminds me in a way of my Strategy classes at BYU where debates would rage about the true reasons for profitability and success in different companies. These are pretty specific strategies/stories, but fun nonetheless.
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Poor SAS........but when you're deciding between a world-wide community of developers contributing free features (R) to a single corporation........anyway.

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SAS and SPSS in decline

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Interesting. I am a fan of R myself. SAS is used a lot at work.
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Either he was too sleepy or missed the memo that we were doing goofy faces..........
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That's hilarious !! Leo just wonders what the heck you're doing??
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For those who don't know, the "general conference" of the Mormon (LDS) church happens twice a year where 30 or so church leaders prepare short sermons (about 12 hours total) on various gospel topics, usually sharing interesting experiences from their service, applying scriptures to issues in our day, and explaining various principles and doctrines. These sermons are then used in Sunday lessons, church magazines, and other activities throughout the following 6 months.

A quote from a talk I was listening to this morning really stuck out to me and is a great example of the simple, powerful teachings that are shared (and that I wanted to share!):

"I have learned a truth that has been repeated so frequently in my life that I have come to know it as an absolute law. It defines the way obedience and service relate to the power of God. When we obey the commandments of the Lord and serve His children unselfishly, the natural consequence is power from God—power to do more than we can do by ourselves. Our insights, our talents, our abilities are expanded because we receive strength and power from the Lord."
                                     -Elder Richard G. Scott
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MISM BIDA Grad Student at Carnegie Mellon
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
    Consumer Electronics Analytics Manager, 2011 - 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Chicago, Illinois - Rigby, Idaho - Nice, France - Toulouse, France - Marseille, France - Bordeaux, France - Provo, Utah
Enjoy coding, design, analytics, etc....
A few snippets about me:
  • BYU grad (Land of the Jimmer and sobriety)
  • Politics: I love data, analytics, and am an economist at heart, so I try to stick mainly to factcheckers as my news sources as I've lost faith in mainstream journalism. On social issues, I tend to lean right.
  • Tech Company Preferences: Google gets my $, though Apple still gets respect
  • I'm fanatical about ultimate frisbee; I don't quite understand my obsession, but that I'm mesmerized by a flying disc
  • My favorite desserts would have to be banana cream pie (don't forget the cream!) and anything funfetti....seriously
  • I'm a lover of stories; books, movies, video matter the medium
  • Cats > dogs
  • Grew up on old-school musicals, especially the cheesy ones
  • I hate the alphabet and struggle to remember the order of letters
  • Snack of choice: fat-free saltines, I always have a sleeve with me...
  • Sports: College > Pros
  • If I were ridiculously rich and was given one way to completely waste some of my money it would be in wearing a brand new pair of socks new socks.
  • The thing I hate more than anything in this world is styrofoam. My wife will throw it on me occasionally just to watch me squirm.
  • Gratefully married to an incredible woman
  • and I'm a mormon (hey, not everyone can use that line!)
Bragging rights
Got my Chromebook (Cr-48) in the first shipment of the pilot program.
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    MISM BIDA, 2013 - present
    * Currently enrolled in Computational Methods for the Smart Grid (, an applied machine learning course covering optimization techniques in power systems using publicly available supply/demand data for the electric grid in Pennsylvania (PhD level course) * The Business Intelligence and Data Analytics concentration involves additional data-intensive courses in advanced statistics, data mining, warehousing, hadoop, social media analytics, and a captstone project working with a real company on an analytics solution * Additional elective courses will cover advanced machine learning techniques, convex optimization, and predictive modelling
  • Brigham Young University
    Business Strategy and Economics, 2011
  • Rigby High School
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Just had an unfortunate and terrible experience at Best Buy getting Sarah's new phone. In the spirit of free markets and the need to vent frustration, I feel the need to complain about such a poor consumer experience. We've been talking about getting Sarah a new phone for months. We found out about a deal where you get a $50 gift card to Best Buy if you upgrade your next phone with them, and after visiting a few times, Sarah finally settled on getting the new iPhone 4S. Our schedules finally aligned today where we had a 1.5 hour window and were near our local Best Buy. We decided to pull the trigger. After feeling excited for the first 20 minutes and thinking we were just about done with the process, we pulled out the credit card, ready to pay, when we noticed that the $50 gift card hadn't been applied. Little did we know, we would end up wanting to gauge our eyes out for the next hour while associate after associate and manager after manager came over to try and apply the gift card, with no success! And while we realize mistakes and technical difficulties occur, we felt the worse offense was that 30 minutes into the process we mentioned that we were in a hurry and needed to leave soon (Sarah had a church activity she was expected to help with), and had to sit ANOTHER 30 minutes before they would finally let us leave in total exasperation, having paid the full amount with no gift card applied! The inconsideration for our time, especially when we said that we were sincerely in a hurry, was extremely frustrating and definitely casts a negative shadow over a usually great retailer. I just feel terrible that my lovely wife had to have her "iPhone experience" ruined by such an experience. Bad form!
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