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Questions tagged [mathematics]

On standards or conventions specific to mathematics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Which Mathematics Major Should I Choose? [on hold]

I am going to transfer into a Bachelor of Science/Maths dual degree this year and I am unsure about which mathematics major I want to do. If it helps, I am going to do an Environmental Science major ...
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How important is the language of the bachelor thesis?

My university requires me to write my Bachelor thesis in my mother language. How detrimental and devastating is it to have your Bachelor thesis in non-English when it comes to applying for PhD ...
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Does it makes sense to publish new math whose primary significance is its applicability to another field?

I have come up with a new mathematical method that has applications in a field outside mathematics. I have described the mathematics of it, and proved relevant theorems to show how it works. The sole ...
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“Dressing down” to impress in academic settings

I came across this highly-upvoted comment on reddit (15,300 karma) by /u/Semi-Hemi-Demigod The CEO of the company I work for said that it's not uncommon for programmers to be asked to dress down ...
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Physics and Mathematics program [on hold]

How many credits does one need to have to qualify for BSc honors degree? And what are the requirements? Coming from being a double major, majors in Physics and Mathematics. Is it possible to study up ...
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I'm Really Worried About My Letters Of Recommendation (Mathematics/Computer Science) [closed]

I completed a B.S. in Mathematics in the USA with a 3.6 major GPA. 1.) The strongest LOR I have is from a lecturer with a PhD in 2010 that I took two applied Statistics courses with. They're graduate ...
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Transition from Finance to Applied mathematics [closed]

Currently studying a Bsc in Accounting & Finance. During my studies if found an increased interest on subject such as Stochastic calculus, measure theory and mathematical analysis. I want to ...
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Extent of math usage in cryptography [closed]

I'm curious about the extent of usage of mathematics in research in cryptography. I'm considering doing a Ph.D in cryptography, and I'm particularly interested in elliptic curve cryptography. However ...
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BS in CS with CS/Math double major or BS/MS in math for CS PhD programs in machine learning? [closed]

I have a tough decision to make this semester. I am currently earning a BS in Computer Science with a double major in computer science and applied mathematics. I have the option of earning a BS in ...
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Grade conversion for PhD application: Masters in France -> Phd in the US (Math)

I am Masters student in France and I am considering pursuing PhD in the US. Grading in France seems to be less uniform then in other countries, which results (from my experience) in that getting 90% ...
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Why would a small paper (10 pages) with an important result take over a year to get accepted?

Below is an example that I had in mind, but my question is more general: does the reputation of some authors cause their papers to be prioritized for review sooner than other important papers, e.g. ...
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After completing a Mathematics degree and an Electrical Engineering degree, is it possible to pursue a master in Physics?

I am currently studying Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor in Mathematics. I'm interested in theoretical physics, and I wonder if it is possible to pursue a Master degree in theoretical physics ...
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I got accepted into a math PhD program but I don't feel adequate enough to attend

I got accepted into a school that I really wanted to go to for a math PhD. I finished my masters and I love math very much. It's something that I've always been extremely passionate about. I used to ...
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Improving a bound in a problem in “some cases” by using the extra information available in that problem which was unused in the earlier bounds [closed]

Suppose I am improving a bound in a problem in "some cases" by using the extra information available in that problem which was unused in the earlier bounds for that problem. However, in general, I am ...
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How to Use a Result Already Under Review in Another Paper?

This may apply to any mathematical scientists. I am working on a paper, which (as far as I can tell) needs a result that I obtained. The result needed is a part of another paper of mine that is ...
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The professor takes me only if I continue up to finishing PhD. What should I do?

Education in my home country is very expensive and getting scholarship for postgraduate studies is not possible because I have a poor BSc (low GPA, no papers, etc). So I decided to study my Master ...
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How many papers does a mathematician publish (on average) in a year? [closed]

I wondered about the number of papers published by mathematicians because I heard that they publish less than other academics or scientist. It would be nice if you could distinguish between the number ...
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How to understand research paper's notations? [closed]

When reading publications, I find really hard to understand those math formulas/functions. Seems like each paper uses its own notation with different symbols and syntax. In particular some mixed ...
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What should I do to get into a PhD in Mathematics in Europe without a thesis in my BSc and MSc?

I'm going to apply for a PhD in Mathematics in Europe with my BSc and MSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (respectively), from two top-tier (say, top 10-20) US universities with advanced ...
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Cases of plagiarism in mathematics

Are there known cases of plagiarism in mathematics? The writing practices in mathematics are clearly different from the writing practices in the humanities. In the latter area I roughly know how to ...
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For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after basics topics of complex analysis, abstract algebra and topology? [closed]

In short: Why don't we have the answer as "just the topics in the GRE" simply because the GRE is meant for applicants to average pure math PhD programs in the US, or is it not? if more than half of ...
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Mathjobs.org Generic Reference Letter

I am applying for mathematics postdocs through Mathjobs.org. I have mentioned names of three of professors for reference letter. One of professors asked me about whether should I submit a generic ...
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How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant?

My understanding is that postdocs, research assistants (which I understand are master's level analogues of postdocs) and PhD students are all paid positions except for self-funded PhD which I hear is ...
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Do Statistics PhD programs require their undergraduate / master's applicants to know measure theory? [closed]

I know that many Statistics PhD students come from undergraduate / master's level math / applied math backgrounds. So, many will have taken a full-year of introductory real analysis and most likely ...
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Goal for 20min. presentation at math conference

I've been invited to give a 20 minute talk at a mathematics conference in a couple months. The audience members all work in my field, so they will be familiar with most of the terminology and ...
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What is a good enough putnam score to include in an application to PhD programs?

Many people have said that having a good putnam score could improve one's application for PhD programs in Math / Theoretical CS. I have certain putnam score, and I am wondering whether to include it ...
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I've found what appears to be a fake paper in a non predatory journal

I received a paper for review from MathReviews (so, not an actual peer review). It is from a journal with Q2 classification according to Scimago, so I expect it to not be a predatory journal, ...
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I got a B- in Math. How bad is that for Econ? [duplicate]

So the title explains why I'm posting. I'm a masters student in economics at a pretty prestigious university and one of the courses that you're required to take as a first year is called Math Methods ...
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Why are there so few MOOCs for the core college curriculum for a BS in Math?

I've noticed that there are very few Massive Online Open Course (MOOCs) that cover the core college math curriculum, for example Basic integral and differential calculus ODE PDE Linear Algebra ...
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How much knowledge is expected of an MPhil applicant as compared to a PhD student, a postdoc or a research assistant? [closed]

A related question asks about differences in required background knowledge between PhD students, postdocs and RAs. This question asks about differences in the required background knowledge between ...
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Can auditing students attend consultation hours?

Assume a university allows students to audit classes informally, so they're not enrolled and don't pay, but they attend classes anyway. Obviously, no one has obligation to allow these students to ...
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Generalization of results obtained from a paper that may be “false”

I am a PhD student in mathematics, currently working on an article (article A) from two leading researchers in my field published in an 0.72 Impact journal. I have an idea to generalize their results ...
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Does having much knowledge in other branches help one's research in mathematics in one's own field? [closed]

I am wondering if having much knowledge in other (seemingly not directly related) branches of mathematics is helpful to a mathematician in his own research. Say there are two algebraic topologists A ...
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Confusing article status for journals of American Mathematical Society: “reviewing” AND “being handled by an editor”

The web page of my article in the AMS editorial system for some three months says "Article status: Reviewing" and in the next line "Your paper is being handled by an editor". I find this confusing as ...
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Effect of a guest semester in graduate school admissions in Mathematics?

I go to an Asian undergraduate school. It is probably the third best place to do undergraduate mathematics in my country. Which means it is basically unknown to graduate admissions committees in top 6 ...
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When to retract a submission due to excessive length of peer-review process

Recently it happened to me twice that I had a paper which was under review for more than one year (first round) and that all inquiries about the status of the paper went unanswered by the handling ...
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Italicization of mathematical symbols: quantity symbols vs units symbols

The SI conventions state that variables and quantity symbols should be italicized, while unit symbols should be roman (see, e.g., this useful reference/cheat sheet). For example, Here the proton ...
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Registering for a math conference with no publication record in this field

I’m pretty sure that I’ve solved a certain open problem in mathematics. My solution is currently in its third week of peer-review at some journal that is known for rejecting cranky papers within five ...
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MathSciNet reviews license

I have been asked to become a MathSciNet reviewer. I personally find the database very useful, but I am a bit held back by the fact the database is kept behind a paywall. What is actually the ...
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Level of difficulty of exams in math PhD and anxiety over being able to do well

I am a first year PhD student in math. I have a course right now that is pretty challenging as expected. I get high grades on all the homework. On our midterm the highest grade was a 35 percent. I was ...
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How to modify a final draft to reflect that a conjecture in its preprint was refuted?

I am currently in the process of trying to publish a mathematics paper. A draft of this paper had been posted on arxiv, which contained an interesting conjecture. In the intervening time, this ...
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Same review for Math Reviews and Zentralblatt

I have been serving for several years as a reviewer for both Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet) and ZbMath. Earlier this year, I received an invitation for a paper for MR which I already reviewed for ...
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Art Major to Physics/Applied Mathematics, Advise? [closed]

Firstly, I'm yet unfamiliar with the query conventions specific to this stack exchange. If I've improperly tagged or placed this question, such that it need be closed or held, I apologize. Continuing,...
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Non academic career options for PhD in Math

I am thinking of getting my M.S. in Computer Science. I chose C.S. because I enjoy programming and because its a solid choice, career wise. Low unemployment, good pay, all that jazz. But my real ...
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The differences between AMS research journals

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) has quite a few journals titled "(something) of the AMS". The research journals include: Journal of the AMS Proceedings of the AMS Transactions of the AMS ...
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Adding affiliation due to a 1-month visit during a salary gap

I worked at University A and did a research stay during one month at University B; I was not paid by them, but I got funding (from a third agency) thanks to them for accepting my visit during a salary ...
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Obtaining academic positions after doing research in logic

Suppose one is starting their math PhD in the US and is considering doing research in logic. Let's roughly split "logic" into "pure logic" and "applied logic". How hard will it be for them to get ...
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I'll take a year to apply. Should I search for new logic projects or round up what I have? [closed]

I'm graduating in two months (Pure Mathematics), and I'm planning to take 2019 to prepare for applying to PhD programs in the US (in Mathematics or Computer Science, depending on the program). I'm not ...
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Does one need a master's in math before taking a PhD in pure math?

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
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'Virtual' postdoc (in math)

Assume that a given postdoctoral position does not require teaching/laboratory. Are there postdoc positions for someone who wishes to stay in his/her country and just be in touch with the post-doc ...