**P**hew! I just finished my enormous pile of homeworks for the computational statistics course… This massive pile is due to an unexpected number of students registering for the Data Science Master at ENSAE and Paris-Dauphine. As I was not aware of this surge, I kept to my practice of asking students to hand back solved exercises from Monte Carlo Statistical Methods at the beginning of each class. And could not change the rules of the game once the course had started! Next year, I’ll make sure to get some backup for grading those exercises. Or go for group projects instead…

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Posted in Kids, Statistics, University life with tags computational statistics, ENSAE, exercises, grading, homework, Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R, MASH, Monte Carlo Statistical Methods, R, Université Paris Dauphine on January 21, 2016 by xi'an## the travelling salesman

Posted in Statistics with tags Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, ENSAE, exercises, homework, MCMC, Monte Carlo Statistical Methods, travelling salesman Concorde, Université Paris Dauphine on January 3, 2015 by xi'an**A** few days ago, I was grading my last set of homeworks for the MCMC graduate course I teach to both Dauphine and ENSAE graduate students. A few students had chosen to write a travelling salesman simulated annealing code (Exercice 7.22 in Monte Carlo Statistical Methods) and one of them included this quote

“And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. ‘Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people ?”

Arthur Miller,Death of a Salesman

which was a first!