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Open Thread: How are you using Excel?

Yesterday, I mentioned I'd been talking with someone who's looking at interesting things people are doing with Microsoft Excel. I talked to her again yesterday, and with her official okey-dokey, I'll virtually introduce Tralee Pearce (*waves*), a reporter from Toronto's Globe & Mail whom you might remember from a very swell article about the Hipster PDA.

So, by request -- and to help Tralee with fleshing out her fun-sounding article -- I hope you all will jump in here: What kind of cool, novel, and non-obvious stuff are you doing with Excel? What's the wildest, most obsessive, most nerdy thing you ever saw someone do with our favorite spreadsheet program?

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Back when I was an...

Back when I was an undergrad (in Astronomy), one of my profs had us use Excel to model stellar interiors. The formulas to specify the various properties of a star (mass, luminosity, temperature, pressure) as a function of radius are well known and fairly easy to code.

Mind you this was back in the 80s before fancy schmancy pivot tables and that stuff. It was a great introduction to Excel which has served me well in my non-astronomy career.




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