The Higher Education Megathread

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:25 pm

Thanks buddy :wub: no point resubmitting to same journal. We’ll go elsewhere!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:17 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:
Mini E wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:Cheers folks :wub:
It's been a strawberry floating tough couple of years but it feels good right now. Mini E - you're next up to join the GRCade Doctor club, good luck with the last stretch of yours! :D

Tomorrow I have a lunch with a former student's bereaved family who took his own life.

That student scenario is literally my worst nightmare - good on you for meeting the family, it sounds like you’re going the extra mile there and deserve your teaching award!



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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by mcjihge2 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:37 pm

Not sure where to post this, but this is from Roark stress and strain, elestic beams;

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Does anyone know how to derive the formula for the moments MA and MB?

Ive tried resolving moments about both ends and the load point, but end up with the same formula and 0=0.

I think i must be missing an equation?

EDIT: Solved. I posted this on an engineering forum and managed to get the solution before i seemed to get banned (maybe for the image?)

For those interested its a statically indeterminate problem, so you have to consider a cantilever and determine the slope at A with the load, then apply a moment at A without the load and get an expression for the slop at A, then superimpose the 2 cases and equate the slopes to zero.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Wed May 23, 2018 4:30 pm

Has anyone ever written a publication plan?

I'm applying for some data and the organization is asking for one, and I have no idea how long it's supposed to be. They ask for it as part of a web form, so part of me thinks it should be very short, but other parts of the form have a 1000 character minimum, not this part though, so maybe it should be longer?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:34 am

I have achieved Candidacy. :toot:

Also, I ended up getting that data that I mentioned in the post above. :toot: :toot:

Now I have a statistics question, I'm sure this is very basic but I just wanted to get your opinion.

I want to look at the variation of a variable in a population based on some different characteristics (for example variation in height for males vs. females, under 20 vs. over 20 etc). Would an independent sample t-test be the best for this or is there any other test I should look at?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:34 am

Rightey wrote:I have achieved Candidacy. :toot:

Also, I ended up getting that data that I mentioned in the post above. :toot: :toot:

Now I have a statistics question, I'm sure this is very basic but I just wanted to get your opinion.

I want to look at the variation of a variable in a population based on some different characteristics (for example variation in height for males vs. females, under 20 vs. over 20 etc). Would an independent sample t-test be the best for this or is there any other test I should look at?


an independent samples t-test will give you a p value to determine whether the two groups (male vs female) are statistically different in height I would think... but if you're looking at the variation of a variable, would just using standard deviations not be easier? I may have misunderstood your question :)

Congratulations on the candidacy!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:42 am

Mini E wrote:
Rightey wrote:I have achieved Candidacy. :toot:

Also, I ended up getting that data that I mentioned in the post above. :toot: :toot:

Now I have a statistics question, I'm sure this is very basic but I just wanted to get your opinion.

I want to look at the variation of a variable in a population based on some different characteristics (for example variation in height for males vs. females, under 20 vs. over 20 etc). Would an independent sample t-test be the best for this or is there any other test I should look at?


an independent samples t-test will give you a p value to determine whether the two groups (male vs female) are statistically different in height I would think... but if you're looking at the variation of a variable, would just using standard deviations not be easier? I may have misunderstood your question :)

Congratulations on the candidacy!


Thanks!

Also, I thought using the t-test would be better as it will be able to tell me if the differences are statistically significant, no?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:11 am

Rightey wrote:
Mini E wrote:
Rightey wrote:I have achieved Candidacy. :toot:

Also, I ended up getting that data that I mentioned in the post above. :toot: :toot:

Now I have a statistics question, I'm sure this is very basic but I just wanted to get your opinion.

I want to look at the variation of a variable in a population based on some different characteristics (for example variation in height for males vs. females, under 20 vs. over 20 etc). Would an independent sample t-test be the best for this or is there any other test I should look at?


an independent samples t-test will give you a p value to determine whether the two groups (male vs female) are statistically different in height I would think... but if you're looking at the variation of a variable, would just using standard deviations not be easier? I may have misunderstood your question :)

Congratulations on the candidacy!


Thanks!

Also, I thought using the t-test would be better as it will be able to tell me if the differences are statistically significant, no?


Potentially use an independent t test for significance and Cohen’s effect sizes to demonstrate the size of the difference? You’ll get your sig. from the t test, yep.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Karl » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:54 pm

Been ridiculously busy with the Ph.D. over the last couple months. Right now it's almost 11 and I've only just left the office :lol: :cry:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Errkal » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:42 am

It's looking like work might be up for paying for me to do a degree. I've only been there 9 months so yay!

Asked the boss a while back about it as I was considering doing it myself and wanted to check there were no rules about it and turns out they may pay for it, is with HR right now for details.

Looking at this course

http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualifications/q62-soft

Any thoughts from people as uni is a whole new thing to me as I never went and what have you.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Moggy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:59 am

Errkal wrote:It's looking like work might be up for paying for me to do a degree. I've only been there 9 months so yay!

Asked the boss a while back about it as I was considering doing it myself and wanted to check there were no rules about it and turns out they may pay for it, is with HR right now for details.

Looking at this course

http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualifications/q62-soft

Any thoughts from people as uni is a whole new thing to me as I never went and what have you.


I did degree with the OU and loved it. Some people feel a bit lonely doing the OU as most of your study is done at home by yourself and you need to self motivate. They do offer tutorials though so you can meet other people.

I think Staydead did that degree you linked to, I’d ask him for any specific advice on that course.

Qikz wrote:paging Staydead

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by jawafour » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:10 am

Karl wrote:Been ridiculously busy with the Ph.D. over the last couple months. Right now it's almost 11 and I've only just left the office :lol: :cry:

I've only just seen this... and things are adding up! Karl's current "time out" may be because he's got a lot on his plate at the mo'... I hope that the brain-expansion is going well, dude :-).

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:17 am

Also Karl - force yourself to take breaks, meet friends, go for walks etc. The temptation is to let the PhD become all consuming in the hope that you’ll finish it sooner - you won’t. There were people I consider among my best friends that I almost never spoke to during the last eighteen months of mine, and I wholly regret that now.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Jenuall » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:21 am

^ This is true, breaks and opportunities to do something other than research and writing are hugely important - and at a certain point if you're depriving yourself of this too much then it starts to have a serious negative effect on your ability to do the work (not to mention the quality of that work!)

Although as a counterpoint I had a patch in the middle of my PhD where I was certainly too relaxed and could easily have been more disciplined with myself and so mine ended up taking approximately 8 years! :shifty:

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