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bio website blog.nu42.com
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ν42 is my programming blog. You can also find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, GitHub, O'Reilly's programming blog, CPAN, Perltricks.com, and Google+.

I am a consultant with a Ph.D. in Economics, and a passion for programming. I picked up my first language, Z-80 assembly, more than three decades ago. Since then, I have worked with a variety of programming languages such as APL, C, Pascal, Fortran, C++, Python, Ruby, but my most favorite is Perl by far. Recently, I have been working on gaining a decent understanding of Ocaml and F#.

As an economist, I mostly work on health care related projects these days, focusing on both pricing structures, and productivity improvements. My dissertation was in the field of experimental economics, and I am an expert in applied microeconomics, data analysis, econometrics, and statistics. I have been using SAS since 1995, Stata since it came out, and occasionally dabble in MatLab/Octave and R. With the data sets I am using, the fact that SAS does not need to hold the data set in memory is a huge advantage.

On the development side, I maintain a few packages on CPAN, try to contribute to others as much as I can.

I am available for one-on-one coaching, training, codebase analysis and evaluation, forensic analysis, and other development related consulting projects as well. If you have a large data set which you do not want to have tortured at the hands of significance seeking, let me know.

I am a member of the American Economic Association, Economic Science Association, and American Society of Health Economists.

How to Say in Turkish is a pet project of mine.

Unur.com is my long-time personal web site. I occasionally post new photos there.

All original source snippets I post on Stackoverflow.com, and other sites in the StackExchange network are dedicated to the public domain. If you do find value in my answers, I would very much appreciate an attribution and acknowledgement where possible.


Apr
5
comment Why am I getting 'ppm: Command not found' on Mac OSX after installng ActiveState Perl?
OK, I don't mean to offend you, but I think you've put the cart before the horse. You should learn how to use the computer and operating system you chose before taking up programming. Otherwise, it is going to be very, very, very, very frustrating for you.
Mar
15
comment Very slow old notebook laptop- wiping and reinstalling does not help - suggestions?
Also, once you boot with a freshly installed XP, the computer WILL BE BUSY downloading updates for a while. You might want to try to grin and bear it while that's going on.
Mar
15
comment Very slow old notebook laptop- wiping and reinstalling does not help - suggestions?
Which is why I am suggesting you might want to upgrade it. You are starting with a tiny old drive. Given the low memory, there is probably some swapping going on. Can you post screenshots of the "Processes" and "Performance" tabs in Task Manager and the model of the hard drive shown in Device Manager?
Sep
29
comment Can I upgrade the CPU in my Lenovo 3000 N100 laptop?
I just upgraded from a T2300E to T7200. Here's the story: blog.nu42.com/2012/09/…
Mar
8
comment How can I remove all traces of Windows 8 Consumer Preview *downloader* from my system?
Sorry, neither local machine nor current user run entries point to anything. Besides, I want to get rid of all traces of the this thing.
Apr
23
comment Why can't my Perl script in ~/bin find relative file paths?
This is not a programming question but a general computer user question about how executables are located by the shell. Voting to move to SU.
Mar
31
comment Workaround to extend limited screen real-estate on Windows?
It would be nice to know why this was downvoted. Is there a problem that I am not aware of?
Mar
3
comment How do i install Perl 5.10.1 on Debian, using the packaging system?
@mithaldu Thank you for accepting my answer. It is customary to vote up the answer you accept.
Feb
2
comment How do I view Unicode characters in Windows command prompt?
See also stackoverflow.com/questions/1259084/…
Nov
20
comment Searching for Files on Win XP
I have no intention of leaving XP.
Oct
8
comment How do I host a file on my server for download?
@GiH I am assuming the root URL, http://www.example.com/ points to the /httpdocs directory.
Oct
4
comment Windows XP shortcut key to focus a particular window
You should delete your post on SO.
Sep
24
comment Windows port of /usr/bin/time?
@unknown I have never observed timethis clearing the terminal.
Aug
28
comment Windows port of /usr/bin/time?
Please see my answer for a link to timethis.exe which does what you want and is available as an approx 116K download.
Aug
28
comment How can I automatically generate an Xorg.config file?
@samoz Just to make sure, you do have archlinux.org/packages/extra/i686/xf86-input-mouse installed, right?
Aug
27
comment How can I close windows by their handle?
There is no reason to downvote this answer. It is a valid programming answer to a not so programming related question. Reciprocal downvoting is hardly productive.
Aug
4
comment How can I calculate the sum of all positive integers less than n?
@Stan R. Thank you.
Aug
4
comment How can I calculate the sum of all positive integers less than n?
@Stan R What on earth do you mean by sequential. The only reason the numbers in the left-most column are sequential is convenience. I'll update that example for you.
Aug
4
comment How can I calculate the sum of all positive integers less than n?
@WCWedin OK, I did get a little snarky. At first, I thought simply showing the formula would accomplish the required hand to forehead motion and that would have been it. Once programmers, not lay people, start posting user defined functions for a well known arithmetic formula, methinks it's time to be a little snarky.
Aug
3
comment How can I calculate the sum of all positive integers less than n?
@Scott Weinstein The question is the question. If am going to get downvoted for answering the question as it was posted, so be it.