BabaYaga Posted April 16, 2013 Share Posted April 16, 2013 Hi all, Between these two institutions, what would you choose? My interests are primarily in machine learning. Obviously, a good fit with a good research group should trump other factors, but suppose that's equal. Also, funding is less of an issue, as I'm coming in with an NSF Fellowship. I'm still considering what I want to aim for after graduation--but I'd like a PhD that maintains as many options as possible. Alumni from both universities have no apparent problem finding interesting industry positions, so I'm more concerned with keeping my options open for an academic career. Regarding rankings: US News ranks Hopkins #28 and Texas #8 (and #5 in AI). When, if ever, does such a difference in rankings matter? Texas is very keen on advertising this credential, while Hopkins likes to point out that such rankings are based on reputation and favor larger programs. On the other hand, I think Hopkins is more prestigious in general. Given Hopkins' repute as a medical institution, I gather there are lots of opportunities for meaningful collaboration, especially for people in ML, NLP and related fields. On the other hand, Texas with a much larger department has a lot of well established profs doing more fundamental research in these areas. Thanks for any thoughts! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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