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Need some suggestions: stat PhD program at UMD vs UVA
JZappa replied to iameddy's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
If you are talking about UMD's Mathematical Statistics program I would definitely recommend UVA. UMD's program is very theoretically oriented from what I've seen and is much more on the math side of things than on the application side. I could be wrong but that's the general impression I've gotten from what I've seen. 
student12345 reacted to a post in a topic: Is Paying for a Masters Worth It?

Is Paying for a Masters Worth It?
JZappa replied to econ_to_stats's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Out of curiosity what job statistics are you using? There was a study by the American Statistical Association that shows salaries are quite a bit higher. Also why don't you ask if your PhD program gives an embedded masters. If it does you could just drop out after you get the masters and you'll have been funded the whole time if you decide that's what you want to do. 
student12345 reacted to a post in a topic: Sitting on Berkeley MA acceptance but looking to do PhD

I'd say the biggest thing is that the lack of analysis for the very top PhD programs is going to be a big turn off. I would say that an MA from Berkeley should help considerably though. Just make sure that you talk with professors to get a good idea of which classes to take to make you more competitive for PhD programs.

Stats PhD: stuck between UNC, UMN, & PSU
JZappa replied to tabis's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
I disagree that UNC is just Probability, OR, or ML. I'm a student there now and we have several really good professors working on all sorts of applied things. I know we at least have a couple people doing applied statistics (Prof. Ji comes to mind), timeseries, fiducial inference, and a lot of people doing biostats, and some other related fields. Also UNC is definitely not rural. Raleigh is a 30 minute drive away, there is RTP (which you can use for funding opportunities i.e. lots of available internships), and Durham is maybe a 5 minute drive as well. Plus the fact that we have SAMSI means t 
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Anyone hear from UVA or Northwestern?
JZappa replied to OhioStateStudent's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Northwestern is a really small department and they already had some admits in late Jan/early Feb. Chances are they don't do rejections until all their spots are filled so you're probably just on a waitlist (where on the waitlist I have no idea) 
Yale (Stats) vs University of Washington (Biostats)
JZappa replied to DMX's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Usually I think the answer is yes. You might have to have an advisor in the biostats department but I know it is at least somewhat typical to have a coadvisor in another department. 
My bad I forgot about Professor Marron, I don't see him around too often. I was only counting the stats department and I am pretty certain those are the only 3 major machine learning people, although there might be a few others that dabble in it.

Non math major prepping for ms in stats
JZappa replied to runningincircles's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
You definitely need linear algebra and a real analysis course (sometimes called adv. calc) to be on the safe side. Also a course in probability would be really helpful as well. If you can get those classes in and do well in them I don't see why you wouldn't have a good shot at getting in... Stats is very interdisciplinary so I think a fair number of stats students don't have a math background. I know one PhD student at my school who got his undergrad in some kind of political science and then worked for Oracle for a few years before enrolling in the program here so it is most definitely possib 
Do schools reject us without notifications?
JZappa replied to little blue burry's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Luke8ball... I wouldn't email and specifically ask if you are on the waitlist but it is perfectly acceptable to ask what your status is at this point. Just be polite and ask them if they can update you on your status or when you should expect to hear something from them and you should be just fine. 
So while I've been accepted to several stats departments I believe my two best choices are UNC and Michigan. The problem I'm having is that I am currently an undergrad in the UNC stats department and so for all the typical reasons would like to go somewhere else for graduate school. That being said I'm very interested in probability and some of the more math oriented theory (stochastic calculus for example) and UNC has several fantastic professors for this sort of thing (Pipiras, Budhiraja, and Bhamidi) all of which I know very well and have done research with. Michigan doesn't quite seem to c

Do people transfer biostat phd programs?
JZappa replied to goodatstats's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
biostat_prof... I thought Yufeng Liu was in the regular stats department at UNC. Or does he have a joint appointment? 
Do schools reject us without notifications?
JZappa replied to little blue burry's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Most schools (UNC Stats does this) don't send out rejections until they have filled all their spots. In a sense you're on a very long waitlist. 
Applied 13 schools, two rejections, no news from others
JZappa replied to hopenxx's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
I wouldn't be too concerned just yet. If you haven't heard anything then you at the very least haven't been rejected yet which seems to imply you're either still under review or on a waitlist. Either way I think it's not that uncommon to get off a waitlist. 
Econ_to_Stats. I wouldn't worry too much I know for UNCCH at least they've barely started doing things on the PhD end, only a few admits yesterday and from the professors I've talked with they've been moving pretty slowly this year (which I get the impression they do every year). Given that PhD students tend to hear things earlier than masters then I would guess they'd send something out in the next month or so? Spring break is coming up otherwise I'd say it would be sooner. Unless Bowling Green didn't offer you funding is there any reason why you would go to a masters program over a PhD prog

Question on dual degrees
JZappa replied to computationalirrationality's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Yep never fear! I had a semester that was quite poor and pulled down my GPA but at least thanks to the statement of purpose or what not I was able to explain it and I've gotten offers from several very good stats phd programs. Not that that is the same as math but still departments definitely take the whole picture into account rather than just your numbers. Also if you've done well in all your math classes which it appears you have then they aren't going to care about a few lower grades on the business end of things.