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    • CommentAuthorYemon Choi
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2012

    The user 25005 seems unwilling to every clarify where these questions come from; some have the flavour of homework, some I am not sure about. Do any more probabilistically inclined people have a view one way or the other?


    In particular, I think the questions with the phrase "differential inequality" in the title (questions 104674, 104902 and 105635, and also compare with 105626, 104616 and 102151) are really just a progression of the same question in different forms, but I cannot say for sure. It looks like a case of 'please do my work for me'.

    • CommentAuthorfedja
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012
    That can be absolutely anything. I doubt they are homework though; they look more like attempts to find either some non-trivial majorant for some process, or just some fancy regime in some setting. What irritates me a bit is that once somebody comes up with a function satisfying the requested conditions, he just changes the conditions to something else. It is OK to pose the problem without any explanation, but then you should state it correctly and in the way you really want it from the very beginning.

    In some questions the user was asked for context but the user provided none. Perhaps the answer is to vote to close this user's questions until or unless the user becomes a better poster. I had not made close votes previously, but after looking at this thread went back and made several.

    Another possible answer is to offer to work on the user's problems at normal consultant rates (mine is $300/hour).

    • CommentAuthorfedja
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012
    ---Another possible answer is to offer to work on the user's problems at normal consultant rates (mine is $300/hour).---
    Hmm... The best I've ever managed was $400 per day. I guess I still have to learn a lot in this country...

    You should charge at least $400/hour, fedja.


    Or just work an hour a day on the problem.

    I agree that both Bill Johnson and fedja are worth much more than the going rate for a mediocre corporate lawyer. Unless they really need the money or really want the job, I encourage them to walk away if they can't get at least $500/hour.

    Reading just the last four comments in the thread (before this one, of course) is quite amusing if ditching all previous context.