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It's not a great talk, but watch it anyway!
I gave my talk tonight on numerical analysis in R and the talk is already up on YouTube. There’s an interesting set of questions at the end about resources for introducing new users to R. The slides are not terribly visible, so you can see them here: And this is the R script used for ... Read more...
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How Many Floating Point Numbers are There?

The IEEE standard for floating point arithmetic provides for a noncontinuous space representing both very large and very small numbers. Under the standard, each floating point number are composed of three parts: the base, exponent, and mantissa. It…
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After the Mission, Vision, and Values

This is part of a series on strategic planning focusing on the mission, vision, and values. For the rest of the series, please see: Part 1: Mission, Vision, and Values Part 2: The Mission Statement Part 3: The Vision Statement Part 4: The Values Statement…
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Writing for Mathematical Reviews

Yesterday, I wrote about writing for Mathematical Reviews (MR). MR is a database of reviews of existing mathematical literature. This is different from the peer review process, and happens post publication. The service, run by the American Mathematical…
Yesterday, I wrote about writing for Mathematical Reviews (MR). MR is a database of reviews of existing mathematical literature. This is different from the peer review process, and happens post publication. The service, run by the American Mathematical Society, has a stable of reviewers who receive a few articles and books a year and are ... Read more...
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Next we want to talk about the vision statement. The vision statement is distinct from the mission statement. If the mission statement tells us where we are, then the vision statement tells us where we are going. I prefer a different analogy, though. The…
Next we want to talk about the vision statement. The vision statement is distinct from the mission statement. If the mission statement tells us where we are, then the vision statement tells us where we are going. I prefer a different analogy, though. The mission statement tells what we are doing. The vision statement tells ... Read more...
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Mission, Vision, and Values

Lately, I have been working on a new startup. As part of the startup process, I wanted to explain to potential funders what we stand for. It’s easy to create a proforma budget assuming $1M in revenue a year. It’s also easy to create one based on $10M a…
Lately, I have been working on a new startup. As part of the startup process, I wanted to explain to potential funders what we stand for. It’s easy to create a proforma budget assuming $1M in revenue a year. It’s also easy to create one based on $10M a year. But neither of those really ... Read more...
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On Teaching Public Finance

On Monday, I started another semester teaching at the University of Baltimore. This semester, I am teaching PUAD 701 Public Administration and Public Finance, a three-credit graduate course in the Master of Public Administration program. I have about 20…
On Monday, I started another semester teaching at the University of Baltimore. This semester, I am teaching PUAD 701 Public Administration and Public Finance, a three-credit graduate course in the Master of Public Administration program. I have about 20 students signed up, and around 80 percent come out of the MPA program. The balance comes ... Read more...
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Finally, we take a look at the values statement. The mission tells us what we do and the vision statement tells us why we are doing it. The values statement tells us how we are doing it. It provides an abstract interpretation of how we conduct our…
Finally, we take a look at the values statement. The mission tells us what we do and the vision statement tells us why we are doing it. The values statement tells us how we are doing it. It provides an abstract interpretation of how we conduct our business and operations. In our coffee shop example, ... Read more...
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There’s been a lot of talk about a recent gerrymandering disaster in Missouri. For the best discussion, read Lowering the Bar’s take on it. Coincidentally, I reviewed an article by Jeff Suzuki for Mathematical Reviews over the weekend, on how…
There’s been a lot of talk about a recent gerrymandering disaster in Missouri. For the best discussion, read Lowering the Bar’s take on it. Coincidentally, I reviewed an article by Jeff Suzuki for Mathematical Reviews over the weekend, on how gerrymandering can lead to stable results, even amongst minority views: Suzuki provides a discussion of ... Read more...
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Mission statements explain what you do. They are simple and elegant statement. For instance, let’s assume we are creating a mission statement for a hypothetical coffee shop, which will call the Coffee Machine.[1. The startup is not a coffee shop.] The…
Mission statements explain what you do. They are simple and elegant statement. For instance, let’s assume we are creating a mission statement for a hypothetical coffee shop, which will call the Coffee Machine.1 The mission statement explains what the Coffee Machine does in plain English. It should also be short. Some mission statements run on ... Read more...
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Stolen from Kevin Allison.
Stolen from Kevin Allison. Related
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  • University of Baltimore
    Adjunct Professor, Public Administration, 2014 - present
  • Eagle Ray, Inc.
    Applied Analytics Scientist, 2012 - present
  • University of Maryland University College
    Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics and Statistics, 2010 - present
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Senior Research Systems Analyst, 2008 - 2012
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Research Systems Analyst, 2003 - 2008
  • Newport Hall, Inc.
    Computer Systems Analyst, 2002 - 2003
  • Wavix, Incorporated
    Systems Administrator, 2001 - 2002
  • Startec Global Operating Company
    Systems Administrator, 2000 - 2001
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A Mathematician, a Different Kind of Mathematician, and a Statistician
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I am a statistician who provides high level data, policy, and economic consulting to Federal agencies and similarly sophisticated clients. Previously, I worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as an internal consultant on statistical computing. While an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, College Park, I worked in space systems design and telecommunications. I am also a passionate educator, teaching at the University of Maryland University College and the University of Baltimore.

In my spare time, I serve Howard County, Maryland, as Chairman of the Board of Appeals. I also serve as the chief of the Information Management Branch of the Maryland Defense Force. Prior volunteer experience includes providing economic advice to the Columbia Association, establishing an alumni association for the College Park Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, and serving on numerous public and private volunteer advisory boards.

I have a PhD in public policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where my research focused on the economic and social effects of flood insurance. I also have an MPA from the University of Baltimore and a BS in mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
    PhD, Public Policy, 2014
  • University of Baltimore
    MPA, Public Policy and Administration, 2008
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    BS, Mathematics, 2002
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