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  1. Thanks for your very detailed response! That info is really useful. Wish you all the best for your pending applications!
  2. Congrats on the acceptance! If you don't mind, could you share more about the part where they asked about your math background and reasons for pursuing quant psych? Were they looking for specific coursework (e.g. linear algebra, probability, real analysis) or were the questions more general in nature? As for the reasons for pursuing quant psych, were they expecting some kind of concrete experience that led you to quant psych? Hope that you get responses from the other programs soon! PS: I'm not applying this round but would like to get more insight into the admiss
  3. Thanks very much for sharing your insights! Having read all the responses here (and after consulting friends who majored in pure math), I think I will be taking nonparametrics for a grade and will only be auditing functional analysis out of interest. Really appreciate everyone's views on this issue!
  4. Got it! The only reason I'm sparing some thought for functional analysis is because it's related to the applied area my honors thesis is in. I think at my stage it's not necessary to actually use the results from functional analysis. But since I have to pick a class anyway I'm just toying with the idea of getting more background.
  5. Yeah one reason why I was looking at functional analysis is that quite a lot of people have mentioned its relevance to things like kernels, Bayesian nonparametrics and functional data analysis. For now I'm browsing through kreyszig's Introductory functional analysis with applications to see if I would be somewhat interested in the material before committing an entire semester to it. Thanks again for everyone who replied! Wasn't really expecting this much input!
  6. Thanks for all the advice! As for proofs, it's not that I hate it, but it's not like I love it either. But I certainly think it's important to be able to read and digest the proofs though. Otherwise I don't think one can get a good grasp of the literature in whatever subfield one is working in. I'm really more into applied research (but not too applied to the point where you are just using tools developed by others to work solely on empirical data). Will look more into biostats programs!
  7. Thanks so much for your input! If you don't mind, I have another quick question: Out of the three classes, which one do you think is the most useful (ignoring the difficulty of the class) for statistics research (especially in the more applied areas)? The main issue i have with pure-ish math classes (like functional analysis) is that they tend to be a little too detached from statistics and oftentimes i find it quite hard to maintain sufficient motivation to power through the deluge of theorems, lemmas and proofs (e.g. while studying metric spaces, most of the time i was like "who the he
  8. Hi all, I was hoping to get some advice on which course I should take in the coming semester. I only need one more class to complete my undergrad and I am currently faced with three choices: 1) Functional Analysis 2) Stochastic Processes II (i.e. continuous-time Markov chains, martingales) 3) Nonparametric Statistics To provide some background, here's the list of math/stats classes (with grades) I've completed Math Linear Algebra (A), Calculus I,II (B+) -- Used pass/fail option here, Calculus III (i.e. Multivariable) (B+), Probability (A), Mathematical Stats (A-),
  9. Thank you all for your responses! The information provided has been immensely helpful. Really hope that I can be part of this amazing quant psych community one day!
  10. Thank you both for providing such detailed responses! They were really helpful! I have a question about the interview process: What are the things faculty look out for when interviewing potential candidates, especially when it comes to international students? I know (or am I mistaken?) that for domestic students they tend to invite potential candidates for on-site visits, but how does it work for international applicants who can't simply hop on a plane to the States due to financial constraints? Moreover, are there any pitfalls one should be aware of during an interview? I'm probably soun
  11. Dear all, Thank you for hosting this AMA session! I happened to chance upon the field of quant psych only in the past year and I find this part of psychology to be really interesting! I'm also hoping to apply to a quant psych program in the near future! I would greatly appreciate it if someone could answer some of queries below: 1. What is the level of mathematical rigour one should expect in quant psych? I've browsed through several articles in quant journals (SEM, MBR, Psychometrika) and the level of mathematics involved seems to vary wildly from article to article. Sho
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