Burtch Works Blog

With more activity in the research landscape than ever before, Linda Burtch and the rest of the Burtch Works team always have something to say about this rapidly shifting field. Check back often for our top career advice, new flash survey results, and expert opinions on changes in the market that could affect your career or company.

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  Here’s another piece highlighting the importance of improving our math and science education to keep our country competitive. Thomas Friedman wrote in the New York Times Opinion Page on Sunday expressing his views on the upcoming $1 trillion economic stimulus package. An excerpt: “You see, even before the current financial crisis, we were already… Read more »

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Just a few nights ago, during our family dinner, the topic of the eighth-grade social order arose. It seems my 13-year-old twins, Jay and Becky, have a pretty clear understanding of where they (and all of their classmates) stand in the pecking order. Becky said she resides somewhere in the middle —abercrombie jeans and Ugg… Read more »

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As I have reported previously, the use of R as the statistical tool of choice has grown dramatically in the past couple of years. The program is free and is in an open-source format allowing users to modify the tool specifically to their situation. In case you missed it, the New York Times had an… Read more »

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  Don’t worry, be happy… that you selected an analytical career path! Even in the face of daily dire economic news, the quantitative job market continues to hold its own. Many of you may have read this interesting take on how one man has tried to stand out in the job-hunting crowd. News outlets around the… Read more »

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First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.— Franklin D. Roosevelt   Many people assume that this famous quote from Roosevelt was about World War II. In fact, it… Read more »

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Last week, I was disappointed as I read in the New York Times that the number of children in the United States who are excelling in mathematics is in decline. It seems that American culture does not highly value talent in math and as a result, many students, and especially girls, are not motivated to… Read more »

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  As I’m sure you are all aware, we live in an extremely numerically driven world, where many of you mine for information along all sectors and industries. The Numerati, by Stephen Baker is a book describing exactly this, according to John Derbyshire, the author of a book review from The Wall Street Journal. From… Read more »

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      I found some interesting data from KDnuggets that I wanted to share. From our vantage point, we don’t necessarily see this as true for quantitative professionals, but we thought you might find it a worthwhile read.       The poll asked, “The US economy is likely to be in a recession for a… Read more »

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    While talk of recession continues to dominate headlines, with the fresh job market data issued in May, we question whether there is a recession at all. Overall, the economy lost 20,000 jobs in April, significantly fewer than economists had predicted. Furthermore, April saw substantial growth in professional hiring, adding 39,000 new jobs.All this… Read more »

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  As it is our goal to keep you informed of what we’re seeing in the marketplace today, we thought you might appreciate some insight into the current entry-level space.     Is the Job Market Mad For Grads? Although the media has recently reported a robust hiring market for college graduates this spring, it does… Read more »