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Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread
galois replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Don't know if anyone else is waiting on Caltech CMS, but finally got a response from the program coordinator there; they are finalizing offers and applicants should expect a response next week. I haven't been contacted or interviewed by anyone there, so I have 0 chance, just thought I'd pass the info along. 
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Best probability textbook for selfstudy?
galois replied to galois's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
I have typically learned math through textbooks but that stat110 looks like a very convenient format, especially given my time constraints, so I'll probably do that. Thanks for the advice. For Schaums, I imagine since it's so popular, even if answers aren't in the back of the book, they're probably easy to find online? 
I just spoke to a professor at a program of interest and asked what I should do to best prepare for my coursework but also the type of research that professor does. The most important thing emphasized was to know my probability very well. I never even ended up taking a formal probability class in undergrad! So I'd like to know if anyone has experience with a textbook that is particularly good for selfstudy. I tend to like books where the exercises are proofs to write; I'm not sure if this will be the same in probability, perhaps it is more of a computing type of problem solving, but thought I'd mention it. For example, I'm currently reviewing linear algebra via "Linear Algebra Done Right" by Sheldon Axler and it is fantastic. Also, if someone has a good source for calculus problems that would be great. I think instead of a textbook I'd rather just have a lot of tough derivative/integral problems and work through them until I remember all the relevant bits.

Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread
galois replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
I have not. I think UNC and Caltech are the only ones that haven't gotten back to me yet. I'm just assuming rejection for now. 
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I was at the visit day as well; I thought during the Q&A we learned that basically everyone passes, at least by their second attempt, and the few people that do fail are those who are choosing to exit with an MS (and thus don't intend to pass). Am I mistaken?

Stats PhD at University of Washington vs. Duke vs. Berkeley
galois replied to orchidnora's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Gotcha, that sounds like great advice, thank you for breaking down the journals like that. 
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Stats PhD at University of Washington vs. Duke vs. Berkeley
galois replied to orchidnora's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Would you mind expanding on which profs categorize into theoretical vs applied? Often it's hard for me, with limited knowledge, to gather that information based on like a paragraphlength description of research interests. I think my interests would probably fall more into theoretical foundations. Perhaps Sham Kakade falls into this category? 
Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread
galois replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Just got the rejection from Duke, along with a few others it seems. Honestly, while I am obviously disappointed, I feel better now than I did not knowing. So there is a silver lining I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
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MacBook Pro vs Surface Pro, which one is better choice for a grad student in stat?
galois replied to Stati's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Alternatively, are there downsides to using Linux? I've been a software developer for a number of years, and at this point it would be very jarring to move back to Mac or Windows. I'm wondering if any of the common software is known to be a pain on linux. 
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Waitlisted for Stanford's PhD in Stats
galois replied to hopesandprayers's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Do you say that because people don't tend to get in after the first round at Duke? Or are you close enough to adcoms that they let you know? 
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galois replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Sigh. I broke down and emailed about my application statuses yesterday. Hope that's not super annoying for the administrative staff. 
Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread
galois replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
Oh man. I've got a work offsite that I need to be in Boston for that Friday. But I guess it doesn't matter because I'm not accepted anyway 😞 But yes, I'm curious mainly about my status at Duke and Caltech. I also know that my chances are basically nil for Caltech, but I would like to email and find out just so that I know I'm not going, instead of clinging onto this small hope. 
Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread
galois replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
So... it's definitely too early to ask about the status of an application, right? Even if we see that a school has already sent out a few rounds of accepts & rejects? 
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I think you'll be able to tell by the tone if it's ok to ask that towards the end. In my interview we had a very casual (but fruitful) conversation. I didn't ask that but I'm sure I could have.

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galois replied to SheldonCopper's topic in Mathematics and Statistics
I have no idea how this happened but I got into University of Washington. I got the email at 12:30am EST after a few glasses of wine and was incredibly confused but so excited. The good news continued this morning with an acceptance from UCLA. This is gonna be tough. UW was like my number one school but my wife realllly wants to be in southern California..