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Have them gift it to you in $14000 increments so you aren't taxed on it and you don't blow it all at once. You'll have rent taken care of every year if you stay in the $1000 a month range.

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This advice is misleading. The amount is nowhere near taxable.

Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

There’s no MS statistics or biostat in any of the state schools close to me, unfortunately. An MPH is the only thing that has biostat in its coursework.

ETA: NVM, there’s an MS in applied statistics in CSULB. Would that count?

It’s not just that. I do believe I’m a better fit for epi because of my nursing background but I did enjoy my biostat course in undergrad. I’m also great at algebra.

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Then do epi. Don’t chose a field based solely on the money you will make. Biostatistics has better job prospects because it’s more difficult and demand for good applied statisticians is higher. That doesn’t mean everyone should do it. I don’t underestimate your math talent, but a biostatistics PhD will go well beyond algebra. Without significant math/stats prep coursework (i.e. not an MPH) you will be playing catch-up to understand coursework and may not even make it to the dissertation writing stage.

Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Do you think going into the MS in Applied Statistics in CSULB would help? i need to take a handful of prerequisites though, but I think it might be a good way to figure out if it’s the right Master’s degree for me.

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Yes, I think for prep the order I’d think makes sense would be: MS in math/stat/applied stat > MS biostat > MPH with biostat focus > non degree quantitative prep.

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Original Poster-2 points · 1 month ago

damn, way to dig at me for no reason. Actually they've promised me a TA position but it's nice to have the option to focus on just taking courses particularly because I want more time to focus on developing my programming chops and knowledge.

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I don’t think he was trying to dig, just telling the truth. Fellowships are generally very competitive - at least you will have your TA funding to fall back on.

Why do you want a PhD?

Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Academic & Personal fulfillment, I've really enjoyed this masters program that I am in, and want to continue.

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That’s really great, but a PhD shouldn’t be seen as the “next step” after any masters degree. It’s a long process and having a clear idea why you are doing it and how it will advance your career will help. Generally, it will not help you get “better” jobs in the private sector over an MBA. It may help you get different positions, i.e. more quantitatively oriented ones, but doing a 5-7 year PhD just for that may be overkill. If you aren’t looking for an academic job after grad school I’d think long and hard about even applying.

0 points · 1 month ago

i have kids, so even my day off is much worse than that. enjoy it guys I remember having time, man I wish I had enjoyed it more when I had that time.

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Who forced you to have kids?

Why not just make HW worth like 10%? If they wanna cheat that’s fine but everything would sort itself out on exams.

Is it so hard to just not swear?

Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

No, I could expunge it from my teaching if I felt that I needed to (I used to work with younger teens, and had to censor myself a lot more). However, I feel like it puts me and the undergrads I'm teaching at ease a bit. If nothing else, students seem to find it amusing. But I thought I'd get others' opinions.

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Sure, I too swear a lot in my personal life but unless it adds to the discourse I don’t see a reason to include it in course discussions.

6 points · 2 months ago

Anyone know where this is at? Looks like a cool area

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Looks like the Grove in LA.

Where do you wanna work/live after? If Midwest: WashU, west coast: USC. Not going to say you absolutely will but most people switch from premed.

Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

Thank you for the insight. I'm guessing getting research experience matters more?

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Yep! The applied econ PhD people I know are mostly vying for academic positions and hence staying and doing research over the summer is the clear option. If that isn't your end goal then I guess an internship makes slightly more sense than zero.

Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

I'm torn between going into academia and public sector. Either way, you're right. I'll have to do research for wherever i go and need to develop those skills! P.S. thanks for calling it applied econ and not simply ag econ. You'd be suprised how many people think that i learn about cows and dirt.

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Haha no problem. Good luck on your quals!

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SC for 5k/yr is a steal. Do you really want to spend your undergrad in massive lecture halls at Cal?

Go to Harvard.

Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

Any specific reason why?

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USC is ascending academically but the Harvard name is a lot stronger. Don’t get me wrong, student loans or paying sticker price for low ranked private schools is not a good idea, but I’d be willing to pay full price for HYPSM. If you want to do grad school, PhDs are free.

Say they can request a regrade within 7 days in writing. Conditions: *1. entire exam is regraded *2. grade can go up, down, or stay the same *3. regrade grade is final

Show a sports forecast or riddle problem from 538 and walk them through a solution.

Original Poster0 points · 3 months ago

Everything in the entire world can be classified as "heterodox", depending on what your standard is.

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The reality is that 99% of US economics departments are not heterodox so I think it is sufficient in your case.

Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

Ahh OK, so "heterodox" is read "Marxian economics"?

For context, I'm trying to summarize a geographer. He analyzes urban space though a Marxian economic analysis, with a focus on production, reproduction, and surplus value.

Could I just say Havey proposes a heterodox analysis of Rights To The City"?

Would folk pick up from that sentence that I'm referring to i) economics and ii) Marxism and not Keynesian or some other theory?

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If your audience is mainly economics, i.e. publishing in a traditional economics journal, then it would be sufficient. Otherwise you’d likely have to elaborate more.

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Keep a 3.7+, learn to program well (in Python, R, etc.), maintain a nice project portfolio, and you will probably have multiple job offers before you graduate.

Is there anything you can do to complement a <3.7 GPA?

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You could try and have 2+ internships as well as interview very well.

This is going to vary widely by field. For example, in economics it takes years to publish an article and is very common for brand new TT APs to not have any publications at all.

Dude you're spending way too much energy on this. Teach well and be passionate about your curriculum but try to grade stuff as it is received and only if it's received on time. Focus on your research.

Original Poster10 points · 5 months ago

Community college - teaching only position (adjunct, at that).

But as to the other stuff, I find that in the eventuality of a student challenging a grade (as they are wont to do) having the detailed emails really helps. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, my college is WAY too eager to take a student's complaint over a professor's word.

I had a student report me to the President of the college for giving her a D that she didn't deserve (which was true - she deserved an F) and it went to the Chair and to the Provost, and it was only my 50+ archived emails to and from her (as well as keeping archived copies of all of her written work, with and without comments) that exonerated me. Otherwise, I promise you, I would have been history, as this was before I had achieved post-probationary status.

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I’ve learned C- is the perfect grade. High enough that you will never have them take your class again, but low enough to signal their lack of coursework mastery.

Honestly, Harvard extension sounds pretty much like a cash cow. I think I would go with a strong CC or local university to fill in your math gaps. One issue though may be that CC only goes up to differential equations. So if you have a reputable university nearby you can spend a year taking all of your math there (in person) as a non-degree student.

For a (P,A) is a NE since deviating for player 1 provides a loss of 5 (30-25) and for player 2 it provides a loss of 1 (13-12). It’s in no one’s best interest to move unilaterally from that outcome. Try this with the other 3 outcomes to understand the concept of NE. Regarding dominant strategies, P is dominant for firm 1 since 30>25 and 36>33, but firm 2 does not have a dominant strategy as U2(A,A)<U2(A,P) but U2(P,A)>U2(P,P)

Honestly, applying is the easy/fun part. You'll have plenty of time to ride the emotional roller coaster of the program itself. Try to think of this as the first step of possibly a new beginning.

Also, look at regional colleges in your area. A 3.3 in a different field and no calc II-IV, linear algebra, probability theory, analysis etc. will likely limit your options to smaller, more applied programs. Smaller programs are also more likely to have rolling admissions.

Hi, I am wondering the same thing, only I have a BA from an even more different field (art education). I'm now doing search engine optimization as a job, and I'd like to get a master's degree to help further my employment horizons. I want to have a comfortable job and do some kind of optimization or analysis. I love the idea of getting a Masters in Statistics, but I don't have a math background (although I am practicing). If I go the route of regional colleges, what kinds of effect does that have on getting a different job upon graduation? I'm also enrolled in the Coursera Data Science certification program.

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I think job prospects will vary a lot depending on where you go. I'd ask the program coordinator for a list of past placements before fully committing to a program. Obviously a more prestigious/higher ranked program will demand more and look better on a resume but that doesn't mean MS graduates from unranked programs don't get jobs.

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