Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky mention in podcast #30 that they would like to contact true experts in quantitative finance to evaluate this site, perhaps showing them 10 sample questions and paying them an honorarium to give their recommendations (and possibly contribute better answers). However, they say they do not know that much about quantitative finance and are not sure who to contact. Do you like this idea? Who would you recommend they contact?

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    $\begingroup$ We don't need to pay anyone to know that there's a severe quality gap on Quant SE. The real question is how to get high-caliber people to participate here in the first place. For that, seek out the ones that are actively online already, like bloggers, etc. That's whom we should be looking for. $\endgroup$ Dec 9, 2011 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ Does SE have the resources to buy answers from the right caliber guys? I think it needs to be voluntary and persistent. $\endgroup$ Dec 9, 2011 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ Will we announce the sample questions we choose before submission? It will give the us a final chance to revise these questions and answers. $\endgroup$
    – Branson
    Dec 11, 2011 at 23:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Branson well, that begs the question of whether we want the 10 questions to be "representative" or whether we want them to be examples of the best this site can produce. I'm not sure what Joel had in mind. $\endgroup$ Dec 12, 2011 at 1:05

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I'd recommend in no particular order anyone from the following.


  • Atillio Meucci - he is quite active on www.symmys.com, Baruch, GARP
  • Frank Fabozzi - Yale, CFA Institute affiliation
  • Liuren Wu - Baruch
  • Andrew Lo - MIT / AlphaSimplex
  • Rene Carmona - Princeton
  • Rama Cont - Columbia
  • Doug Martin - U. Washington / FinAnalytica
  • Jim Gatheral - Baruch / ex-Merrill
  • John Cochran - U Chicago
  • C.M. Carvalho - U. Texas
  • Michael Johannes - Columbia
  • Andrew Ang - Columbia
  • Hedibert Lopes - U Chicago
  • Mike West - Duke
  • Mark Joshi - Melbourne University
  • Robert Almgren - NYU / Quantitative Brokers
  • Dani Gamerman - Instituto de Matemática
  • Gregory Connor - London School of Economics


  • Bernd Scherer - EDHEC
  • Peter Carr - MS
  • Neil Chriss - Hutchin Hill
  • Cliff Asness - AQR
  • Mark Kritzman - NYU / Wyndham
  • Sebastian Ceria - Axioma
  • Mark Carhart - Kepos
  • Bruno Dupire - Bloomberg
  • Fabio Mercurio - Bloomberg
  • Eric Sorenson - Panagora
  • Ronald Kahn
  • Richard Grinold (retired)
  • Emanuel Derman (retired)
  • Bob Litterman (retired)
  • $\begingroup$ +1 for Meucci, it would be really good to have this guy. $\endgroup$
    – SRKX
    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ I remember Bob Litterman! He was old(er) when I was young. But I didn't know he retired. I still see his name from time to time online. I have thoughts on some of the others, but it would be gratuitous to make idle remarks and statements of opinion, positive or negative here. A very nice list, by the way! I just noticed it now. EDIT Mark Joshi is good to have here, but is probably very busy (I just noticed his name on the list, and as a QF SE member). $\endgroup$ May 21, 2013 at 20:56

For those who might have missed a couple of threads on the main site, please note that Mark Joshi has already joined Quant SE!


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