TITLE: Computing Everywhere: Economist Turns Programmer AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: October 02, 2011 5:16 PM DESC: ----- BODY: This About Me page, on Ana Nelson's web site, is a great example of how computing can sneak up on people:
Having fallen in love with programming while studying for my Ph.D. in economics, I now develop open source software to explore and explain data. I am the creator of Dexy, a new tool for reproducible research and document automation.
A lot of disciplines explore and explain data, from particular domains and within particular models. I'm not surprised when I encounter someone in one of those disciplines who finds she likes exploring and explaining data more than the specific domain or model. Programming is a tool that lets rise above disciplinary silos and consider data, patterns, and ideas across the intellectual landscape. -----