#TopScoreTuesday! This week’s Top Scorer is Paul Mattson, from Chanhassen, MN. Paul graduated school from Bloomington Jefferson in 1994 and the University of Minnesota in 1998.  He received a B.S. in mathematics from the Institute of Technology and a B.S. in economics from the College of Liberal Arts.

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Q: What is a fun fact about yourself?

A:   I was an actuary right out of school and eventually earned my Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries, though I am no longer active as an actuary.

Q:    How did you discover Expii?

A: I discovered Expii Solve through a link from 538’s Riddler, which I discovered after following 538 on Twitter.

Q: How do you use Expii?

A: Doing the problems is recreation for me.  It is fun to learn branches of mathematics that I have not been exposed to in depth before, from spherical geometry to combinatorics.

Q: What is your math background?

A: When I was younger I was involved in math competitions, winning various statewide competitions between 7th and 12thgrades.  I enjoyed competing on the state’s ARML team.

Q: What is your favorite area of math?

A: My favorite area of math is probability and statistics.

Q: Anything else yo would like to share about yourself?

A: Now I work as a “quant” trader for an option market maker.  I develop algorithms to price and trade options and other financial derivatives.  There is plenty of probability and statistics involved.  Option prices essentially imply a continually changing probability distribution for the underlying asset at some future point in time.  I use statistics when exploring historical data to identify market inefficiencies that are used to execute trades with good risk/reward characteristics.

Top Score Tuesday :: Paul Mattson