Author Archives: Samantha from SocialMath

About Samantha from SocialMath

Applied Mathematician and writer of socialmathematics.net.

Leaving Academics

For academics, mid-winter is a reflective time of year. It was about this time, 3 years ago that I wrote an article reflecting on my own move to industry. Perhaps it’s because this is the time when academic jobs are … Continue reading

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Raising a Neural Net

I’ve been a little busy over the past year or so. You see, I have been creating the most advanced neural net known to mankind. It took me 9 months to code it and get it just right… Continue reading

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Are you masculine enough to be a trusted leader?

I’ve been a woman mathematician in Industry for almost 5 years. I have Malcolm Gladwell’s requisite 10,000 hours to be an expert.  Throughout my experience, I have struggled to gain the trust of my more technical colleagues. It’s not a … Continue reading

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Oreo Preferences

Everyone loves Oreos! They are delicious and sugary and chocolatey and have excellent filling! For your pleasure, I have done extensive research on the preferences of several different kinds of Oreos. Well, maybe not extensive research. But a bunch of … Continue reading

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PhDs with Personality

Everyone has a personality.  At the risk of over-simplifying, I’m going to argue that there are two types of PhDs in Industry. Front-Room PhDs and Back-Room PhDs*. The distinction is that some technicians and developers enjoy talking to business clients and … Continue reading

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Marketing Academic Strengths in Industry

So you wanna get an Industry job?  Great! But how do you begin to translate your CV into something non-academics want to read? How do you market your strengths? First, we have to acknowledge that your CV took years to … Continue reading

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Do height restrictions matter to safety on Roller Coasters?

The conversation started with an image on how to “outsmart” the roller coaster operators for kids who are not tall enough for a certain ride: This sparked a large controversy amongst my Facebook friends.  There were certainly people who felt … Continue reading

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