Advanced Math/Yield


Hi Clyde - I know you wish to deal with higher mathematics.   However, I tried asking this question to all available "Basic Math" allexperts and none had the answer. Thus I thought I would kindly ask you.

I am in the process of deciding on which software engineer contractor to hire and am trying to determine the "yield" of each contractor.  For example, for the following contractor named MacBoosterR, he has stated that he will bid $13 on my project and has a rate of $4/hour.  I think that the yield in this case would be $13/$4 = 3.25 but am not certain. Could you confirm and if this is not the way to calculate yield, could give me show me how?

         Bid    Rate  Yield
MacBoosteR      13    4    3.25

Based on what you have said, a bid includes two pieces of information:

Total amount: $13

Rate: $4 / hour

The "yield" you are attempting to quantify seems to be the total number of hours.

Based on how units work, if you have a total dollar amount and the rate (in dollars per hour), you can divide:

  13 dollars
---------------------   =    3.25 hours
4 dollars/hour

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Clyde Oliver


I can answer all questions up to, and including, graduate level mathematics. I am more likely to prefer questions beyond the level of calculus. I can answer any questions, from basic elementary number theory like how to prove the first three digits of powers of 2 repeat (they do, with period 100, starting at 8), all the way to advanced mathematics like proving Egorov's theorem or finding phase transitions in random networks.


I am a PhD educated mathematician working in research at a major university.


Various research journals of mathematics. Various talks & presentations (some short, some long), about either interesting classical material or about research work.

BA mathematics & physics, PhD mathematics from a top 20 US school.

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Various honors related to grades, various fellowships & scholarships, awards for contributions to mathematics and education at my schools, etc.

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In the past, and as my career progresses, I have worked and continue to work as an educator and mentor to students of varying age levels, skill levels, and educational levels.

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