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Nice! My future sis in law just finished her Stats course through Purdue online.
Frankly, I love stats, took almost every elective I could in applied stats through different departments - stats for journalism, stats for psych, stats for management, oh I really should've been a numbers scientist.
I really don't know when I'll be done. I need about 12 courses to complete the program, and this is only the second one. But I don't really plan to stop when I've completed the requirements. I signed on for a MS in Structural and Geophysical (read, dirt packing and concrete) Engineering, but they also have some really neat classes in Control Design. The sister campus, UW Madison, offers courses in Electric Power Engineering, too, so I may want to transfer at some point.
Bottom line? I figure I'll be done when I run out of classes to take, or fail to wake up one morning. I'm not in it for the degree; I'm doing this for the learning, and unless you're a grad student, they won't let you take the good classes. Maybe I'll wallpaper a room with Masters degrees one day... Who knows how long I'll last?
After my wedding and honeymoon and future Mrs Wiz gets more stable work, I'm looking at UIC's online Master's. Only $740 per semester hour, but it is not an MS, it is an MEng. I wish I could take Master's courses for fun, I'd probably take filmmaking, but I'm young and have too many bills to pay.
When I had it they always failed to provide relevant real-world examples. 9 years later it turned into the most useful thing I ever learned (Luck would have it that I worked with a very patient mathematican at the time).
I never got to take a Linear Algebra class; my high school assumed that I'd take that in college, and my college assumed I'd taken it in high school. That made a lot of the electrical networks classes a lot more difficult than they should have been. I'm looking forward to it immensely. I can already think of numerous real world uses for it. One, for example, is analyzing and modeling our water distribution network. We have many miles of pipe and many valves and pumps on the system, and no one knows what to expect when a line breaks, or a pump fails, or some neighborhood has a fire. I'm looking forward to having the tools required to create models of complex systems!
It turns out that many real-world problems suitable for LA can be solved more efficiently using graph theory - some high quality commercial LA solvers actually try to convert the problem into a network simplex problem before attempting the more expensive LA algorithms.
Well, subject says it all. It was an amazing experience which I guess cannot be explained in words. It was 50 times higher than the highest I had jumped from before. I don't know but I guess I am already addicted.
I still feel a sense of achievement thinking what I did. Next: learn to skydive and one day, have fun in a wingsuit flying high. :fingers crossed:
"The worst code you'll come across is code you wrote last year.", wizardzz[^]
Very cool. I wish I can do that one day. I've looked into a skydiving course a while back, and it cost €2,500 for a 3-day course with 10 jumps from 4,500m. During the first two or three the instructors open your chute, but then you're on your own. A bit expensive, otherwise I'd have gone. Perhaps some day...
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If it has not changed in 30 yrs then you have 2-3 static line jump and a few hop and pop before you actually do your first free fall. It is a truly scary thing the first time you climb out on that little wheel (I learnt from a small Cesna) and stand with 10k feet of nothing below you.
Stick with it, it can be a serious rush and like skiing it gets better the more competent you become.
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