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I'm a data scientist at Highmark, Inc, working as the manager of predictive analystics and data management within Operations. I earned my PhD doing computational neuroscience, working with decision making processes and investigating functional connectivity between different parts of the human brain. I've also worked as a financial quant, freelance web developer, and IT consultant. One of my favorite pastimes is poi spinning.

You can learn more about me on my LinkedIn page. Feel free to contact me about anything and everything at eykanal at erikdev dot com.


Feb
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revised Is Software Testing Really Needed?
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Feb
15
accepted Github-like “pull requests” without Github
Feb
9
comment Github-like “pull requests” without Github
I'm actually just looking for that single feature. Most other features - easy sharing of codebases, following & forking, fancy project stats, newsfeed (ha!) - aren't necessary for our projects.
Feb
9
asked Github-like “pull requests” without Github
Feb
8
awarded  Scholar
Feb
8
accepted Giving presentation on git
Feb
8
awarded  Good Answer
Feb
8
comment Is it a must for every programmer to learn regular expressions?
Someone fresh out of school, with only an education knowledge of coding, wouldn't know them. Someone who has actually programmed for kicks while in college would at the very least be aware of their existence. Asking about them in an interview is a pretty good way of weeding out the former.
Feb
8
awarded  Commentator
Feb
8
comment Is it a must for every programmer to learn regular expressions?
@ruakh - I agree that they're extremely useful; I use them myself all the time. I think all programmers should learn how to use regexes at some point in their career. The question, however, didn't ask that.
Feb
8
comment Is it a must for every programmer to learn regular expressions?
@oded - I disagree. I would venture that there's such a thing as "core knowledge", which varies from job to job. A C programmer needs to know how malloc works in order to do his job. Regular expressions, on the other hand, are simply a tool which can be used to become a more productive programmer. There will likely never be a job where lack of regular expression knowledge will be the crucial skill that would define whether an applicant gets the job or not.
Feb
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awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
8
answered Is it a must for every programmer to learn regular expressions?
Jan
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comment Benefits/Pitfalls of include
@01010011 - Do you mean you're includeing 1000's of pages, or the site simply has 1000's of pages? If you're includeing 1000's of pages, you probably need to re-evaluate your web app architecture.
Dec
28
answered Is there a canonical resource on R programming?
Dec
12
awarded  Yearling
Nov
7
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
7
answered Becoming a polyglot programmer
Oct
31
revised Which DVCS (git or hg) is easier for programming students?
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Oct
31
suggested suggested edit on Which DVCS (git or hg) is easier for programming students?