Say Hello to Ancho

This project needs a name. In the next couple of weeks I'm going to need to start discussing features and design ideas, and I just can't keep calling it "Untitled Monte Carlo Simulation Tool."

I dub thee "Ancho."

Yes, like that kind of ancho. (You have no idea how hard it is to find a decent picture of an ancho chile; they are not photogenic.)

I chose this name for a few reasons:

  • An ancho chile pepper is a dried poblano. "Poblano" was Nate Silver's pen name when publishing his first FiveThirtyEight blog posts.
  • The literal meaning of ancho in Spanish is "wide," "broad," or "loose-fitting." It seemed appropriate for a tool intended to have broad applicability across a variety of problem domains.
  • As far as I can tell there are no other (widely-used) software projects with this name.
  • Appropriate Twitter handles and domain names were available (I grabbed them just in case.)
  • The name is relatively short and easy enough to spell.
  • As far as I know, it's not currently a slang name for any deviant sexual practices.

So, "Ancho" it is.

Yesterday, a reader asked offline when I was going to start getting into details. Coming right up!  Just one or maybe two more use case stories left.