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  1. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    @kelsia thanks for the reply. Though it is a bit strange that they told you this and they told @Jairo333 to keep waiting.
  2. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Sigh... another week and still nothing from UFlorida and UToronto.
  3. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    @Jairo333 My status is the same as yours. I am not putting any hope in being accepted. Good luck to you.
  4. Tampa, FL

    @MJF thanks for the information good luck with your studies.
  5. Tampa, FL

    Hello I may be going to Tampa for graduate school in the Fall and I was wondering if anyone could provide me with an updated list of places to live and places to avoid? Also, any information on places with great food, and great all around vibes would be nice. I know some of the information is biased because everyone has different tastes but as my knowledge of Tampa is entirely based on one trip to Busch Gardens I would like any additional advice based on your experiences. If you need any help with some of your own things I have also lived in Miami and Gainesville so I know a bit about each region.
  6. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Anybody hear back from University of Florida? I know some have heard back from University of Toronto but does anyone know if they are done sending out acceptances?
  7. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Jeez! I can relate to you guys I am still waiting on U of Florida and U of Toronto. No whammies, no whammies, no whammies!!
  8. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    I concur with @bayessays and @Bayesian1701. There is always the possibility of doing worse the next time around and since you both seem to have done pretty great this time, why risk it? Plus consider that the competition may even be greater next time around.
  9. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    For all of you preparing for another week of possible rejections don't worry. If we don't get in anywhere we will just create a new institution where acceptance is just a click away. It will be called South Hampton Institute of Technology.
  10. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    @statscan9 congratulations! I am surprised you did not get in everywhere.
  11. Where to apply?

    Hello again, I just wanted to know if anyone here knows of any good stats/biostats programs outside of the US that would be worth looking into as well?
  12. @huxlb You are interested in Bayesian Statistics and machine learning right? I am interested in those two as well and although I did not apply to biostatistics programs I can tell you from experience that both topics play a major role in biostatistics especially in the analysis of gene expression data. In fact one of Duke's programs called Banjo is frequently used in the biostats center that I work for. I did not apply to those programs because my passion is not truly in applying my research to medical data. But, honestly who do you think funds a lot of machine learning type research? NIH does and they are interested in solutions to health problems. What I realized (too late) was that my goals and the goals of the health organizations actually coincide. The organization and I have the same goal and that is for a complex problem to be solved. All they want me to add is the use of health data but who is to say that I can't go ahead and apply my solution elsewhere once I have given them what they want. My guess is that this is often times the way actual professors look at the research they do and the funding they receive. "They are paying me to look at this problem and so I will solve it how they want and then turn around and apply it to what I want." Basically what I am getting at in this long winded commentary is do not limit yourself and remember that whether you are looking at cancer data or netflix movie selection data the problem that you want to solve may still be the same one.
  13. @huxlb If you want the PhD go for it. If you are really that worried about not getting in anywhere look at schools that are not even ranked on US news but are still in the USA. These ~30+ (this is just an estimate) schools should be easier to get in to. Personally I do not think you have to go that far but if it makes you feel better why not?
  14. Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Let us be honest the people on here are not the best people they bring drugs, they bring crime, ... and some, I assume are good people haha
  15. @huxlb I am sure that all of them or a good percentage offer some degree of funding (Master's TA, RA, GA) but if you are going to be paying out of state tuition and living expenses I am not sure that the level of funding provided by the schools at the Master's level will be enough. I am at an institution that does not guarantee funding but I am an in state student and already lived in the area. I was able to obtain scholarships for my first year which covered my tuition for the year and I did get a GA position starting the summer before my second year and it covers tuition and gives you a stipend but honestly it is not enough to live on I am just lucky that my parents were still living in the area haha. I imagine that the amount given to a TA/GA/RA varies for every school but let me tell you that the yearly contract that I currently have only offers $11k and tuition wavers for Fall, Spring, and Summer and the yearly contract offered to a PhD student in the same college is $30k+ and tuition wavers for Fall, Spring, and Summer. Now if we assume that they are not purposefully trying to make these PhD students wealthy then one can say that it takes roughly $30k in my area to lead a life that is not horrible which from what I have seen is a true statement. So you can see the great difference between what is offered to a PhD student and what is offered to a Master's student. My experience is limited to the university that I attend so if I were you I would check with the Master's programs that you are interested in and see what level of funding they offer.