I was just wondering if anyone has tips for a thesis defense presentation. One thing I don't understand is how it is supposed to differ from the written submission (which panelists will have already read prior to the presentation).

If my thesis is applied (statistical), should I focus less on explaining the theory and how the method works? Is there any rule of thumb to determine what to include/exclude?

How should I start/end the presentation?

Thank you.

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    Do you have a thesis advisor? This sort of question would best be answered by your advisor because they know the actual contents of the work as well as the local customs. Sep 8, 2022 at 18:00
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    Is the defense presentation a public event, or just for the committee?
    – Buffy
    Sep 8, 2022 at 18:40
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    I think the "local customs" issue is dominant here... Sep 8, 2022 at 18:48
  • it's private. but the guidelines say to present as if for a general statistical audience. Sep 8, 2022 at 20:49

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On one hand, it should be "easy" to present something you worked on for 6 months and you should be able to give a personal insight into the topic.

On the other hand, there is a non-zero chance that the thesis was done by someone else, so the oral defense is the last chance to assess if the thesis defendent is the same person that produced the written thesis.

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