User talk:McKay

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G'day Brendan and welcome to Wikipedia. This website can be very unfriendly to celebrities sometimes -- some people have very strong views against self-promotion. I've put up a pre-emptive defence for you at Talk:Bible code. It looks like you're famous enough that there couldn't really be any rational case against your Bible code article, but you never know with some people.

A few tips for you:

-- Tim Starling 09:32, Aug 17, 2003 (UTC)

Bible code[edit]


I want to communicate with you or Drosnin about the code : is it possible ? I have few questions...

First question : what do you(Kay and Drosnin) think of the parisian Chamman ?

Second question : what was the size of the nuclear explosion in 2006 in Paris ?

And few others...MKay

Big O notation[edit]

I noticed that you contributed to Big O notation, so thought I'd leave you a message here about it. I put together a new form of the table on the Talk page and I thought I'd solicit some feedback on it. If you have a moment to look it over I'd be grateful. I have some math background (B.S.) but I'm not a mathematician, and I'd hate to leave something important out.

While I'm here, I'll also mention that I'm a fan of your work on the Bible code. CRGreathouse (t | c) 17:17, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Binomial distribution[edit]

"this rule" refers to the rule of thumb introduced in the preceding sentence. Unfortunately it seems that it has no proper name. It has two parts: the first part is about the criteria for a good, the second about the criteria of an excellent approximation. I've just checked the link and it worked.

Falk Lieder 15:12, 27 October 2006 (UTC)


Are you Brendan McKay? Kamope · talk · contributions 00:52, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

AFD on Alexander Rotenberg[edit]

See Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Alexander_Rotenberg. There is a debate about whether this is indeed a notable Torah codes researcher. Strangely, somebody has attempted to impersonate you on the AFD talk page, claiming notability for Rotenberg. --C S (Talk) 20:55, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

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Hi Brendan...[edit]

I'm going to paste the entire criticism section into the talk page for you to edit and comment as you see fit, the section will be monitored to make sure that this "edit space" is exclusively used for you. I think it's best that this happen in public view on the talk page, for obvious reasons.

Also, FYI...there were one or two acts of possible IP vandalism at the Bible Code article immediately before you tagged the article and posted on the talk page. I'm thinking of having the page locked so that only established editors can edit, because if unregistered users are making edits that appear to represent pro-MBBK POV's, they could be either well-meaning friends, or they might be unfriendly. Please protect yourself by making sure you always log in.

Thanks, WNDL42 (talk) 17:12, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

I would suggest that you invite user User:Audacity (a skeptic) to look at your proposed changes, that you discuss the changes you'd like on the talk page, as you have been invited to do. Please don't continue editing the article directly without discussing on talk, I find your recent edits to be heavily POV'd and this is a problem in the context of your WP:COI on the topic. WNDL42 (talk) 12:32, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
You are quite wrong that these edits are "heavily POV'd." The changes made by McKay in these edits (a) corrected incorrect information, and (b) corrected instances where viewpoints are presented as facts (in violation of the WP:NPOV policy). If you believe these edits are "heavily POV'd," then please explain why.
The only change I would suggest is that in the instance where McKay added the word "claimed," he should have used the word "argued" instead. The WP:WORDS policy says that the word "claim" should be used only in limited circumstances.
AviN1 (talk) 23:10, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

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Computational Complexity: P and Co-NP or whatever it is[edit]

Thanks for the changes there. I tried to simplify it into something rather like English. Sometimes you can just look at an article and think this is written by a lecturer who has done it so often he has forgotten how to explain it. SimonTrew (talk) 17:15, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

My classic example for that is to ask somebody how to tie their shoelaces. Almost nobody can explain how to do it in a way that another would actually be able to reproduce it. SimonTrew (talk) 17:17, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Ivan Panin[edit]

Every thing is correct. Text of Panin is very close to the Text of Westcott and Hort. He did not use corrupt Textus Receptus. Textus Receptus is very different from text of Panin. Westcott and Hort gave very good text of the New Testament for us. Better than text of Nestle-Aland. You should know that. Leszek Jańczuk (talk) 11:40, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

In the article Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener someone wrote: "He was an advocate of the Textus Receptus over more modern manuscripts as a source for Bible translations". Why you did not protest? Leszek Jańczuk (talk) 11:47, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
I can watch all of Wikipedia? McKay (talk) 01:49, 13 June 2009 (UTC)
  • In the discussion on the article Ivan Panin you did ask for examples. If you didn't find it go to the russian version of the article and click on "The Number Seven" on the External links section. Max —Preceding undated comment added 17:28, 22 May 2011 (UTC).


Hi, you remarked in the past on the talk page of that article that you were concerned about some of the entries. I'm inclined to agree. Not only can I not find the mention of the number for the (4,9)-cage in the MathWorld article, but Dynamic Cage Survey from Exoo and Jajcay (2008) doesn't mention it either. What were the other values you were concerned about? - Taxman Talk 18:32, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

I think (4,9), (4,10), (5,7) and (6,7) are just bounds, but I'm asking Exoo to check. McKay (talk) 05:27, 29 August 2009 (UTC) Done! McKay (talk) 06:01, 29 August 2009 (UTC)


Hi, Brendan. I notice you (in 2006) had a sensible comment about the name pigeonhole principle. Discussing it in class yesterday led me to make a contribution. Zaslav (talk) 04:38, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Codes of reality and Biblical codes[edit]

I am a person who has done some amount of writing on a subject that seems to be quite close to the subject matter of Biblical codes. Since I think you are interested in the theme, may I request you to go through this link: and read through the initial pages of my book: Codes of reality! What is language?

The link to that book you will get from the first link.

Regards, --Ved from Victoria Institutions (talk) 07:59, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

New Rational Skepticism WikiProject member asking for look at Theosophy entry[edit]

Since you are an active participant in the Rational Skepticism WikiProject, would you mind looking over the Wikipedia entry on Theosophy to see if you find any concerns?

I've been ordered to fix the page so that it accords with my understanding of the NPOV policy. I'm happy to do that but I have a lot of work at my job.

Now I've been told that I must make the changes by April 30th or the NPOV tag will be removed. I simply can't learn how to use Wikipedia as a newcomer, become familiar with all the sources, and make the edits if I must do it all by April 30th.

Would you look over the Theosophy page? Also, can you recommend anything? Thanks much,Factseducado (talk) 14:50, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Alternate account[edit]

Do you edit Wikipedia with any additional accounts? A yes or no answer will suffice.—Biosketch (talk) 20:53, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) actually, a 'none of your business' will suffice too - I'm sure Biosketch isn't looking to put on any pressure, but I found this a little shakily worded, as can happen at times with a text-only medium. Martijn Hoekstra (talk) 14:41, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

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Erdos and all that[edit]

Thanks for the reversion. I must have been overloaded and not realized the Erdos couch bit was to the Talk page and not the main Erdos page. Bellagio99 (talk) 19:19, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

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well the xor is good swap routine. is it used somehow? I thought I found a way to swap without threshold. well back playing.

Gal mishuk (talk) 21:53, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

i'm not a troll[edit]

excuse me (edit: "dr mckay"), where do you get the idea that i'm a troll? you seriously think mathematical finance is legitimate?
further, what makes you think i was trolling? the field is a farce, and any defense of it is inexcusable. (talk) 05:30, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
edit: i'm just so alarmed. i am perceiving that you are indifferent to the damage mathematical finance has done to the field of mathematics. sorry i'll leave now. (talk) 05:35, 4 April 2016 (UTC)


User Kemal Tebaast wrote at Talk:Brendan McKay:

A few things:
  • To clarify, are you saying that David Barnett (or his "buddy") used a fake name to trick you into giving them the scanned document? If so, to what researcher and publication did you think you were giving the scan to?
  • Why didn't you say this to either Segev or Karsh when you spoke to them?
  • Are you possibly suggesting that you never spoke to Karsh and that he never offered you a co-author credit?
  • Why do you think that Segev would write, and give a link [since removed] that you uploaded to Wikipedia, and that Karsh would report the same thing with the same link [not removed]? KamelTebaast 23:56, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

My answers in order:

  • Someone with an obviously made-up name wrote a polite email asking for the scan and I sent it. I assumed that whoever it was would have the integrity to get back in touch before publishing it, but I was wrong. You can call it trickery on their part or naivety on my part as you wish. Karsh told me that he got the scan from Barnett and does not deny it is the scan I made. Barnett told me that the anonymous person I sent the scan to is someone he knows. So in fact everyone knows who obtained the document first, and the rest is blah blah.
  • I said it to Segev before he published the Hebrew version of his article, but he misunderstood as I wrote before. In his defence, he had a newspaper deadline of less than 24 hours. I did not have any communication at all with Karsh until after his MEQ article appeared, at which stage I told him exactly what I am writing here. Karsh focusses on Segev's error to distract attention from his own actions, but an impartial review of his actions would show them to be worse than in Segev's mistaken version.
  • Karsh offered to put my name on his paper only after it had already appeared in MEQ and Segev had exposed it. It was just damage control. His failure to mention the timing of his "offer", or to add a suitable footnote to the paper giving me due credit should be noted. I refused to have my name added as an author of the existing paper because I would not have had the opportunity to collaborate on the text and I did not agree with the existing text. I also told him that I don't like MEQ as a journal.
  • I'm not going to read the mind of either Karsh or Segev.

I don't promise to respond to this any further. McKay (talk) 03:33, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

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Ways to improve Ian Wanless[edit]

Hi, I'm TonyBallioni. McKay, thanks for creating Ian Wanless!

I've just tagged the page, using our page curation tools, as having some issues to fix. It appears at first glance that you might have been his advisor in graduate school. If you were, please declare it on the talk page of the article.

The tags can be removed by you or another editor once the issues they mention are addressed. If you have questions, you can leave a comment on my talk page. Or, for more editing help, talk to the volunteers at the Teahouse.

TonyBallioni (talk) 17:41, 1 June 2017 (UTC)