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I am a 74 year old retired scientist/engineer. I often encounter problems which require graduate school math.
Invariably I discover challenges which I have difficulty overcoming. I would be grateful for someone who might consider being a math mentor for me who might help me overcome these issues and to encourage me to extend my math skills.
For example, I was using Excel to look at data which looks like it could be represented by a nonlinear curve. I wanted to curve fit it using Excel's Trend graphing feature. However, the equation Excel gave me did not work when I re-interred the original data. Yes. I was using the scatter chart type. So I tried using "Solver" a function within Excel which is an alternative method to derive a curve fit. I found it difficult to use as it requires one to estimate, fairly well, the function one wishes to curve fit.
I am thinking of dropping Excel and using "R" as I can't afford Matlab (in which I already have a great deal of experience). It would be nice if you are already experienced using R or another powerful math application. I am familiar with a great number of computer languages so learning another language to use another math application would not be difficult for me (for example, Python).
I have no money available to pay you (Ledyard is no longer offering a realistic abatement for economically disadvantaged elderly) , but I will be enthused (excited) and very grateful. Perhaps some of the real world problems that I work on might be interesting to you.
I look forward to an exciting interaction with you.