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David Tanzer

David Tanzer

I am a software developer living in New York City, oriented towards math, science and music. I did undergraduate mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in computer science at NYU Courant. Before that I worked as a scientific programmer in the NYU Center for Neural Science and the psychology department. For the past ten years I have worked for various financial companies to develop systems for real-time trading and portfolio management.

At Azimuth I have been writing blog articles, starting with a series on Petri net programming. My plan is to study math and science and then teach it to colleagues in software development. We need more scientists to solve the myriad of problems that beset the human race, and the world of programmers looks like a good recruitment base for the sciences. In the process I hope to develop myself as a scientist!

I’m also the server guy for the wiki and the forum.

Blog articles

Petri net programming, Azimuth Blog, October 2012.

Petri net programming (part 2): An introduction to Stochastic Petri Nets, Azimuth Blog, December 2012.

Petri net programming (part 3): The role of differential equations, Azimuth Blog, April 2013.

Prospects for a Green Mathematics, John Baez and David Tanzer, Mathematics of Planet Earth Blog, February 2013.

Computer science publications

Queryable Acyclic Production Systems, David Tanzer and Dennis Shasha, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), 1999.

Queryable Expert Systems, doctoral thesis, NYU 2001, advisor Dennis Shasha.

A Survey of Constraint Relational Databases, doctoral survey paper, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, November 1998.

Areas of Interest

  • The foundations of applied mathematics, with a focus on stochastic processes and signal processing
  • Machine representation of scientific theories
  • Jazz guitar
  • Folk music!

The Folky Way

I am starting a wiki The Folky Way, which is for folk culture with special emphasis on music and its connections to history, literature and language.


I can be reached on Google mail, as dave.tanzer

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