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  1. galois

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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 self-study. 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.
  4. galois

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    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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    Duke v Michigan v NC State

    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?
  6. Gotcha, that sounds like great advice, thank you for breaking down the journals like that.
  7. 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 paragraph-length description of research interests. I think my interests would probably fall more into theoretical foundations. Perhaps Sham Kakade falls into this category?
  8. galois

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    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)_/¯
  9. 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

    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?
  11. galois

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Sigh. I broke down and emailed about my application statuses yesterday. Hope that's not super annoying for the administrative staff.
  12. galois

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    Oh man. I've got a work off-site 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.
  13. galois

    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    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?
  14. 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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    Fall 2019 Statistics Applicant Thread

    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..

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