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  1. BayesianLove

    Help with Biostat quals in 3 months

    This is why I plan to take Intro to Real Analysis during my first year. I'm coming with no background with proof-based math and I've got to get ready for second year (measure theoretic probability).
  2. BayesianLove

    Best computer to get?

    One grand for a laptop? Are you bankers now?
  3. BayesianLove

    Stat PhD: NCSU vs. ISU

    The main reason was that I liked their research and placement better, but the bottom line is that you can't go wrong with any of the two. I sent you a private message with a rather long write-up. Because there are a lot of personal/subjective reasons, I thought a private message would be better. If somebody else is facing the same situation and wants some input, just send me a message and I'll try to help.
  4. BayesianLove

    Stat PhD: NCSU vs. ISU

    DEFINITELY, and I don't regret it (I submitted my decision early this morning ha!). I made a list of three objective arguments, plus it just clicked for me . Anyway, honestly I think any of the two schools would have been a great place, no doubt.
  5. BayesianLove

    Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    I've just declined three offers, hopefully freeing some spots for those on the waiting list. Sorry it took me so long, but it wasn't easy. I wish you all the best in your graduate studies, may you all have so much fun with your research
  6. BayesianLove

    Ames, IA

    My suggestion about a two bedroom for family housing? University family housing is full already.
  7. BayesianLove

    Stat PhD: NCSU vs. ISU

    We're talking about the same ISU (Iowa State U), but in my case I've got an offer from the Department of Statistics at both schools. Don't know anything about bioinformatics and computational biology. I'm sure you'll do fine wherever you land up thought!
  8. BayesianLove

    Stat PhD: NCSU vs. ISU

    Funny, because this is exactly how I feel and why I created the thread. NCSU seems more competitive from an objective/rational point of view, but there's definitely something subjective about ISU that makes it feel like a warmer place... perhaps it is the story of the department, or the snow, that it's making your lean towards ISU?
  9. BayesianLove

    Stat PhD: NCSU vs. ISU

    Is this true for both academy and industry? I've seen some good placements in the academy for ISU, for example a guy doing a postdoc at Stanford. Is the gap really that big?
  10. BayesianLove

    Stat PhD: NCSU vs. ISU

    Hi! Both programs have some strong similarities: large departments, diverse interests, good reputation, orientation towards application. Do you see any strong advantage/disadvantage for one program over the other? For example, NCSU is in the Research Triangle Park and the quals look significantly more accessible. I'm mostly interested in the applied/methodological side of the statistics. My interests are Bayesian stats and time series, including stuff like state space models and Bayesian filtering. I'm still open to industry and academy after getting the degree. Thanks!
  11. BayesianLove

    2018 USNWRRankings (Statistics/Biostatistics)

    I assumed (without much data to back this up) that companies may place some weight on the overall University reputation. For example, if the stats department is highly regarded but the university is not so well known overall, a company may not know the idiosyncrasy of stats/math and may discard the candidate. Especially when you have some human resources fellow doing the screening, right?
  12. BayesianLove

    2018 USNWRRankings (Statistics/Biostatistics)

    is it the same methodology than the previous ranking? I heard there's a bias for big schools (like they take into account the amount of research without normalizing for department size), but I don't find this mentioned in the current methodology.
  13. BayesianLove

    Statistics PhD Admission Advice Thread

    Are quals part of your decision? I've found that coursework and quals vary widely among schools: At one school, quals include only two courses on probability theory and statistics (i.e. Casella & Berger). NCSU includes two courses on probability theory and statistics (i.e. Casella & Berger) plus two courses on statistical methods (mostly linear models, ANOVA, etc). (ST 701, 702, 703, and 705). Then there's crazy Iowa State University with an exam covering eight courses, including stuff more advanced than Casella & Berger as well as measure theory. (https://stat.iastate.edu/phd-requirements). I would assume that less coursework and a reasonable qualifying exam means that you can focus on research sooner. Isn't that a plus?
  14. BayesianLove

    Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Same choices here. Looks like the "tier" system is a real thing.
  15. BayesianLove

    Statistics PhD Admission Advice Thread

    This sounds like very solid advice, but it is very hard to know about potential advisors and the culture of the department. Although it is reasonably easy to gather some hard measures on the performance of the Faculty (like checking their recent work and see if they're active and publishing on top journals), I'd say that for most incoming students it is very difficult to know whether faculty with similar interests are taking students, whether they're cool people and supportive with their students, and overall whether the department has a healthy culture.
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