Who I Am

Dennis Kneale of CNBC has made a valid point that bloggers should reveal who they are and what their motives are.  Although I don’t really like agreeing with Dennis on anything, , I have to go along with him on this.  Freedom of speech means standing behind what you say.

My name is Alan Corwin, and you can see a more complete profile on Linked-In.  I’ve been a programmer and a software engineer for over thirty years.  Since software is nothing more nor less than the automation of processes, I have developed a great interest in and study of process engineering.  This and the projects that I have worked on have led me to broaden these interests to include statistics and measurement, Design of Experiments (DOE), and financial engineering.

I have been an entrepreneur for more than forty years, and now run two small companies, Process Builder and Trading Desk Strategies (TDS).  I manage the business, do the marketing, and work hands-on in the construction of all company products.  My primary focus is on TDS, but Process Buidler provides much of the infrastructure for TDS.

Process Builder does a variety of software process and development chores.  We used to sell a process engineering tool and a DOE tool, but today we use tools developed by other people for those chores.

Trading Desk Strategies (TDS), a partnership with econmetrician Ron Schoenberg, develops, tests, and optimizes automated trading systems.  Our primary focus at the present time is the application of DOE  and Response Surface Analysis to automated trading systems.

I believe that statistics and measurements provide valuable information, but they don’t cover everything.   I don’t think everything can measured and quantified, and even if you could measure everything, that still wouldn’t paint the whole picture.  Numbers provide perspective about what is going on — they are not what is going on, but a description given in a language we think we understand.

I write more because it forces me to organize my thoughts than for any other reason.  I like feedback, but I don’t love it.  I am glad to learn something new, but I don’t want to deal with arguments unless they are new.  I don’t write about religion or politics even though I find both topics fascinating.  The topics are fascinating, but the arguments are boring and stale.

Most of what I write is about my work, or at least from the perspective of my work.  I see process in every activity, and I see risk in every choice.  I am always trying to define the process and weigh the risk.


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