The P/E Effect

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Academic, Economics, Investing, Statistics | Comments Off

According to the efficient market hypothesis no publicly available information can be used to produce excess returns consistently. However, a persistent pattern exists between current stock prices, earnings, and future returns, all of which are readily available to the public, which could be used to generate excess returns over the long run. An analysis of the S&P composite from 1871 to 2012 showed that a strong negative correlation exists between the 10 year average P/E ratio of the S&P composite (PE10) and the succeeding 20 year...

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How Much Is A Life Worth?

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Academic, Economics, Statistics | Comments Off

What is the value of a human life? To most people the immediate response may be “priceless” or “infinite”. However, when considering a world with finite resources and the inevitable risk of death that arises from various human activities, one would have to admit that there is a limit to the value one places on a human life. If one were to truly value a human life as infinite one would exhaust all resources on simply preserving human life. This is not reasonable. It is impossible to save every life, so in the real world some trade-offs...

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Asteroids Game (Java)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Portfolio | Comments Off

Asteroids Game (Java)

This is a game based off the classic Asteroids video game that I created for a computer science class (CS1410) at the University of Utah. It was done in Java. It includes new background music, sound, a high score list, an enemy ship, and bonus items the user can “pick up”, in addition to the basic functionality (ship that shoots asteroids). Download Program

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People Walking Animation (Java)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Portfolio | Comments Off

People Walking Animation (Java)

This is a simple animation I created using Java for my computer science class (CS 1410) at the University of Utah. The animation was displayed in class as one of the best animations chosen by the T.A.s in a class of about 160 students. Although I know I am a bit biased I believe it was THE best animation in the class. Most of the other animations displayed were simpler stick figure animations. Download Program

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Local Keyword Generator (PHP)

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Portfolio | Comments Off

Local Keyword Generator (PHP)

This is a simple tool written in PHP that combines root keywords with specific locations to creates keyword combinations for targeting local markets for SEO and PPC campaigns. View Live Page

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Lights Out Game (Java)

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Portfolio | Comments Off

Lights Out Game (Java)

This is a simple lights out game I created for one of our weekly assignments for a computer science class. Download Program

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Web Analytics (PHP/MySQL)

Posted by on Dec 25, 2012 in Portfolio | Comments Off

Web Analytics (PHP/MySQL)

I created a simple web analytics program in PHP to track data for my personal websites. The focus was on search engine traffic and keywords. I created the program so that I could have more control over my data than is offered from 3rd party analytics programs such as Google Analytics. I plan to use the data I have collected to create future tools and dashboards, such as a tool to analyze keyword traffic, search engine rankings, and possibly other data such as per visitor value, to generate a list of top opportunity keywords (basic version of...

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Top Keywords (PHP/MySQL)

Posted by on Dec 25, 2012 in Portfolio | Comments Off

Top Keywords (PHP/MySQL)

This is a web crawler I created that looks for keyword opportunities starting with Google search results. It aggregates information such as a keywords search volume, competition, and Google Adwords cost per click (CPC), and compares the results to determine what keywords offer the best opportunities. View Live Page

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The Best Programming Languages to Learn (at least for me)

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Computer, Programming | Comments Off

I’ve recently gotten very interested in improving my programming skills and learning new programming languages. So, one afternoon I did a lot of research online to try to descide what language(s) I should learn next. I came across this page that ranks programming languages based on users’ input on a variety of questions. In addition to the information I gathered from other online sources, I very heavily used input I gathered from the hammerprinciple.com, but only for questions that applied to what I was looking for in a language,...

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The Last 100 Years of IBM (Computing)

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in Computer | Comments Off

The computer company IBM turns 100 this year. In commemoration of this they created this interesting video I will post below. It chronicles the history of IBM over the past 100 years using people who were born on each of those years to narrate the portion about their birth year. While the video is about IBM it could almost be about just computing in general since IBM has been so influential in the evolution of computing, especially in the early years.

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