How Monte got his name (hint, I’m a big nerd)

I’m at training for work this week and it involves some discussion of statistical methods. For a lot of people this is turbo boring. It’s a huge part of my work, and I love statistics. So much that I named my dog after a statistical method.

No, seriously.

My master’s thesis was on using an uncertainty analysis method to inform climate-related risk in hydraulic structure design… sounds boring. The actual title begins with the phrase “Monte Carlo Simulation…”

Some vets/kennels refer to the dog by name, as if he was a person. You may see a greyhound named Buster Smith or a Westie named Delilah Brown, and on vet bills and charts the dog has their people’s last name.

The first syllables of my last name sound a lot like “Carlo”. People generally miss the Monte Carlo phrase even when they say it out loud, but they groan if they figure it out.

The people I told in class only shook their heads.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_carlo_method