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On the use of statistics in academic research. Statistics is the science of collecting, analyzing and drawing inference from data. Do not use this tag for questions about 'statistics' as a subdiscipline of mathematics or field of study; use 'mathematics' instead.

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Why do physicists use sigma while biologists use p values/posterior probabilities? [migrated]

I work in the analysis of biological data, and am familiar with the use of maths to determine a test statistic, and the comparison of this test statistic to a threshold to evaluate a hypothesis. The ...
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Great recommendations from people not in the field, or ok to decent recommendations from those in it? [closed]

I'm planning on applying this fall to several statistics/biostatistics grad programs (probably Master's, maybe PhD; still deciding) and I'm trying to get the best recommendation letters I can. For ...
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Applying to PhD programs with only 3 years of undergrad in the US [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in statistics. I can graduate in three years because of high school credits. I originally thought I should add another major or just take lots of extra ...
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Should I publish my statistical model derivation as stand alone statistics paper?

In a current project of mine, I analyze a certain probability distribution to model a biological process. This probability distribution is not "mainstream", but it is relevant enough to have ...
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Why do statistics journals generally have low impact factors, long publication times, and low acceptance rates?

I've been investigating statistics journals to submit my work to (specifically, an application paper). Many journals are specialized, others quite general. However, I've noticed that top journals in ...
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Undergraduate research on statistics as a 1st year [duplicate]

I'm in the 1st year of a 4 year bachelor's degree, majoring in statistics. I'm interested in probability theory and want to start research or any kind of research project. I know very little: just ...
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How to improve myself to be at specific area for statistical studies?

My background (bachelor + part of my master degree) was in mathematics. I then completed my PhD in developing statistical models. My study did not focus on a a specific area (for example, finance, ...
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Question about Proof Details of a Preprint Paper

I am an undergraduate majoring in mathematics and I am currently working on a paper with a professor oversea. I found that there might be a proof I cannot understand on the statistic paper on arxiv he ...
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Obtaining a PhD title in statistics without new theoretical results (i.e. theorems)?

Is it possible to defend a Ph.D. thesis in statistics without proving any theorems? I think the answer is affirmative since I've seen a couple of theses in that fashion. However, I'm unaware of how ...
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Is writing papers with a complex statistical methodology worth it? [closed]

I published several medical meta-analysis papers in high-profile journals using advanced methodology that, to my eye, should be most interesting to many people in my field. However, I noticed that: ...
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Thesis Data Collection Mistake

I am currently undergoing my psychology thesis (4th year) in Australia, and have just finished data collection. I have just realised that between myself and my group, 2/3 of the questionnaires used ...
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Choosing a benchmark

I am a professor currently involved in our accreditation application. In one section of the application, I must define our program strengths based on statistical data. Our statistical data is ...
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Why are not more sophisticated algorithms used to handle the fake paper problem of the science? [closed]

Talking a lot about people in the academic world, I experienced a general unsatisfiedness of the customs of how the funding agencies (mostly, governmental entities) measure the scientific results. ...
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Statistics on the number of PhD/postdoc by Professor across fields/universities/countries?

I am wondering whether there are some available sources for statistics on the average number of PhD students and postdocs by Professor/supervisor across different fields, universities or countries? I ...
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Choosing Recommendation Letter Writers: Relevance vs. Strength

I'm applying to graduate programs in mathematical finance, after finishing my undergrad degree in applied maths. I'm conflicted about who would be the best choice to write my recommendation letters: ...
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Never took a second stats class in my Ph.D. How will this look to employers?

I posted here yesterday for a totally different reason, so I'll be brief on the introductory piece. I'm a 4th year Ph.D student in Experimental Psychology who is slated to graduate this academic year. ...
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Number of international doctoral students in the US: how to reconcile OECD data and SEVIS data?

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the US Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) apparently disagree on the number of international doctoral ...
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How can I pass a statistics exam that overly relies on memorizing formulas?

Long story short, I struggle with a statistics exam at the university. Although I know how to solve all types of exercises and the rationale behind each of them, I still can't pass this exam, because ...
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How badly would a D grade in Measure Theory & Lebesgue Integration hurt my PhD application?

I am an MS student in Data Science and have completed my 1st year. I decided to take Measure Theory because I was very fascinated by it and also wanted to challenge myself with an advanced proof-...
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PhD in statistics vs applied math for quantitative research?

I'm currently a rising undergraduate senior pursuing a dual degree in both mathematics and quantitative finance. I am interested in pursuing a PhD with the dream of going into quantitative research. I ...
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What is the distribution of the number of PhD attempts for those with a PhD?

This appears to be a difficult thing to search for, given the plethora of stuff out there on, say, the maximum number of universities to apply for a PhD, the person with the most PhDs, etc., when I ...
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How to manage thesis professor who is wrong

I am a med school student who is writing her master's thesis. I finished compiling my thesis with all the statistical analyses and wrote them as well. My problem is that today, when talking to the ...
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How do I get access to the RSS B Overleaf template?

I'm looking to publish in RSS B, but am having some issues finding the template. This is my first publication, so very new to this. The website directs me to the following template, but this clearly ...
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Where can I find statistics about international movement of students/academics?

I am wondering where I could find global statistics on the flow of students between countries. This would include numbers such as "how many students with US bachelor went to UK for a master" and "how ...
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Ask for some advice on reapplying for a PhD

My current situation is that I am studying a PhD in statistics in a school in Canada. Because I did not pass the qualification examination, I switched to a master's degree. At present, my transcript ...
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How do you differentiate statistics, machine learning, and data science in a statement of purpose?

I'm going to apply to graduate programs in both Statistics and Data Science. To me, Statistics, Data Science, and Machine Learning essentially refers to the same subject, but some universities are ...
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Is applying to "non-obvious" programs truly a good idea?

One professor at our institute gave all his students the same advice when it comes to Ph.D. application: apply to non-obvious programs at top universities. Here "obvious programs" refer to ...
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When struggling with an important course right before applying to grad school, is it better to withdraw or get a C grade?

I am a undergraduate economics student who is looking to apply to PhD statistics programs next year. I don't have the strongest math background because I started my undergraduate studies looking to go ...
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How to find if a paper is in top 10% most cited articles in a journal?

I saw in some applications that some researchers state that their papers are in top 10% most cited articles, but they never state how they calculated this. I have tried Web of Knowledge and there are ...
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Timeline pros and cons for applying for grad school in statistics

I am a third-year mathematics major from outside the US and intend to apply for a US or Canadian Phd program in statistics. The issue I have is that I will be taking measure theory in my 4th year and ...
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Should I do a PhD or Master in Statistics for a career in Data Science?

I am a Mathematics student with a concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics. I have done a Mathematics research project with a faculty member, which resulted in a co-authored paper being ...
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Should I cite all R packages I used?

Intro: R is a open-source software tool for statistical analyses and graphics, which is heavily used in different science disciplines and which is becoming more and more popular (although it is ...
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Finished MMath in 2018. Should I undertake a MSc in Statistics to evidence prerequisite knowledge for a Statistics PhD?

I graduated with an MMath degree in 2018 and am interested in applying for a PhD in Statistics. However, I don't have a Statistics MSc and have been outside of formal undergraduate maths education for ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

Summary: It took me 3 years to analyze data from one sample (n=1) whereas correct way to perform experiment would be with n>=3. Now my job and funding are in question, since I don't have more time. ...
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To what degree is the research output of abstract topics related to funding for institutions?

I am trying to evaluate how much truth the statement has "Research output is proportional to the amount of funding the institution gets". On the extreme end I see it is absolutely true ...
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Grad School Program Recommendations & How to Narrow Down My List of Programs [duplicate]

I'm hoping to apply to graduate (MS) programs in statistics or applied math later this year, but frankly I'm having a hard time narrowing my list down and was hoping for some advice from people here. ...
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Are there non-tenure track positions in math/statistics depts that combine teaching and core facility responsibilities (statistics consulting)? [closed]

I'm working through an MS in Statistics and considering career paths and curious if a specific career path exists in academia. I would like to work in an academic statistics core and provide support ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions) [closed]

I'm about to graduate with my BS and begin a PhD program in statistics. However, I have some doubts about my ability to succeed just because everyone says that a PhD is a grueling, long journey and ...
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Difficult exam and no correlation with lectures and assignments

So there's a Statistics exam in my Uni (in Germany). It's more of an application to Surveying. The Prof. who teaches this class gives really easy assignments which made me believe the exam would be in ...
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Phd in Statistics (query on topic selection)

I will be applying for phd in Statistics for admission in fall 2023 in the US. Currently I work in R&D of a top multi national company. Here my work is to support statistical analysis of clinical ...
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Providing required formulae in mathematical statistics' final exam [closed]

In a final exam of mathematical statistics, a set of required statistical tables are allowed to be used. As a junior instructor of Mathematical Statistics, I want to know whether I can provide a sheet ...
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In how many universities should I apply for phd in US [closed]

I am from India and I want to pursue a PhD in statistics in the US. In each university the application fee is at least $60 which is around 4,000 Indian rupees which is a significant amount to pay for ...
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Independent research in statistics [closed]

Is it possible to do independent reserach in statistics? If i do something what is the way to verify my work?
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Phd in Statistics

I do not have prior experience in research in academic institutions but I do work at research and development as statistician in a top multi national company. Do I need to do some research in academic ...
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What if the lecturer is not rigorous?

I study mathematics as my major subject and theoretical physics and statistics as my minor subjects. I found that, sometimes in physics or statistics lectures, the lecturer makes mistakes, like ...
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What to do during Math PhD to have options in industry?

I have recently been accepted to a top five math PhD program. The department seems to have a good mix of pure and applied math, and there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration with other ...
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Best grading statistics

I am fresh at teaching computer science. For this subject, students must write an exam. Are there any statistics beyond avg, median, max, min points which you can recommend calculating? Furthermore, ...
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Including code in finance Dissertation

I am writing my dissertation and I have a question on how to present my results. So I have used Rstudio to write the code with which I did some statistical analysis by using some tests. I have ...
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Where should a high schooler target getting their paper published? [closed]

FiveThirtyEight is quite well-regarded in statistics/data analysis circles. I have written a short paper on NBA player ratings that might be of interest to them. I do intend on getting the paper ...
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Will my undergraduate GPA affect my graduate admissions?

I have a very low undergraduate GPA. I used to play a sport at the state level and thought I could cope up but didn't. Failed in multiple papers, completed a 3-year degree in 5 years. In the end, I ...