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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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As noted in the comments, it would be best if Alice and Bob didn't try to get either of their names on the object. That smacks of both egotism and insecurity, and is a recipe more designed to create b …
answered Jun 7 '17 by jakebeal
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First of all, it's great that this list is becoming long! It's good to be taking every opportunity you can as a student to practice presentations, and many students try to avoid this rather than embr …
answered Oct 16 '14 by jakebeal
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In mathematics, it is entirely reasonable and acceptable to begin by posting a draft on arXiv. Once it's up online with your name and a date-stamp, you need not fear anybody stealing your ideas, and …
answered Jul 14 '15 by jakebeal
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For graduate-level math books, the answer is typically not a value but a complete proof---typically of a related but relatively uninteresting topic. For example, one of the first exercises in the Neu …
answered Oct 23 '15 by jakebeal
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A journey of a thousand li begins with a single step. Rather than aiming for a big result all in one go, why not break the problem down by aiming at some smaller results that will bridge you towards …
answered Jan 11 '15 by jakebeal
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When I was a Ph.D. student working on my own dissertation, I went to the university writing center for help and had a revelatory experience. The person working with me sat down with the first page of …
answered May 4 '15 by jakebeal
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This happens not just in mathematics but in many other disciplines as well: modeling of biological systems, for example, often involves a vast number of terms in the equations. The best approach …
answered Mar 21 '16 by jakebeal
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First and foremost, it is a important to note that there is a vast amount of variation between institutions and individuals, so generalizations are not terribly helpful here. That said, historically …
answered Jan 14 '18 by jakebeal
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The rule of thumb that I generally use is that if any portion of a work has been supported by a particular grant, then it counts as part of the outcomes of that grant. Typically, in reporting on ou …
answered Feb 6 '16 by jakebeal
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I think that the key idea here is that they want to know why you are doing what you are doing more than what you are doing. Let's say you're diligently working towards establishing an isomorphism b …
answered Jan 6 '15 by jakebeal
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There is no single standard, but a general rule of thumb is that the more "applied" the work, the more likely it is to be written in a "production" language such as C, Java, Matlab, or Python. More " …
answered Mar 18 '15 by jakebeal
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I would recommend thinking about this presentation problem in the following way: if you were inclined to be verbose, it would be perfectly correct to say: Definition Monotone system of sides is a …
answered Mar 24 '16 by jakebeal
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I would recommend not trying to use the same document to apply to qualitatively different positions. Typically, companies do not want a CV, they want a resume. Prepare a resume following industry st …
answered Jul 15 '15 by jakebeal
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Let me add a thought following the other post, which asserts that this is not a mistake, pedagogically. Take this as a given: you don't need to "call out" the professor for failing to teach "properly …
answered Sep 23 '15 by jakebeal
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What you should expect, unfortunately, is a lot less attention and recognition than you expect. Most journal papers don't result in invitations to speak at conferences, and most conference talks are …
answered Mar 3 '15 by jakebeal

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