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I totally understand where you are coming from and am also an aspiring Mathematician. I am of a Statistical Data Science degree (long story of how I ended up here and it was a bad start up as well) and even though there's Maths but it's hugely statistics-based, which leaves little to no room for Pure (Number theory and etc) and was quite disappointed by that....


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You could ask for the "acceptance chance", but what do you expect them to say? The editors don't know either - without the reviewer reports they can't give you an estimate, or if they do it's likely to be wildly inaccurate. You're probably better off requesting they hurry up [because you are applying for jobs and you need the results urgently, etc].


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If you did not let the editor know about your “special circumstances” in the earlier email, then I think it is okay to email again to inform them and ask if the process can be expedited at all. This is not uncommon when someone is coming up on a tenure decision, for instance. Editors can push a bit harder to get information back from referees when the ...


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I don't think the editor could confirm the acceptance chance without communicating with the referee. Perhaps you could ask the editor to expedite the process by asking the referee to cut short the report and submit it immediately if it's going to be negative. You might not wish to do this if you want a more thorough report in the case of rejection. You ...


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As the professor seems excited, your changes are high that you somehow get credit. I see three routes: They will find some older source, stating (and maybe even proving) your conjecture. You don't get any further credit. They will be able to find a proof or at least a partial proof. Then you should be co-author, as the initial idea is yours and similar as ...


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Check out Beal's Conjecture. The conjecture was formulated by an amateur mathematician named Andrew Beal who wrote to ~50 number theorists & journals. He got some responses affirming the novelty of the conjecture, and the conjecture is now named after him. If someone proves (or disproves) the conjecture now, though, I doubt he'll be listed as the ...


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I think that's basically what Fermat did. I assume, given that you seem to be an advanced mathematician, that you've heard of Fermat's Last Theorem. Many of Fermat's conjectures, including Fermat's Last Theorem, were proven by someone else. So, in my opinion, it would be reasonable to expect both that conjecture would be named after you and that you would be ...


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Dan Romik’s answer excellently addresses your title question. I think it’s also elaborating on a couple of aspects of how the context you describe affects it. Most importantly: I think the scenario you sound worried about — where the professor and/or colleagues solve the conjecture quickly and write it up, without your involvement — is extremely unlikely. ...


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I mean if you can help prove the conjecture then it is a fair ask. I am a life-sciences researcher so I don't know a lot about maths. The more appropriate approach might be collaboration. If you can work with him and prove the theory then it's a win-win for both. Unfortunately one cannot claim authorship for merely asking the same question.


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Discovering a new and very interesting conjecture is a cool achievement and not an easy thing to do. Congratulations! About your question, it’s quite possible that your having come up with the conjecture would warrant coauthorship. But it’s possible that it wouldn’t - it’s impossible to say until the conjecture actually gets proved. The issue is that for ...


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If you're copying 70% of a paper word-for-word into your thesis without citing the original authors, that is plagiarism. If you're copying 70% of a paper word-for-word into your thesis but you do cite the original authors, the line is a bit more blurry. However, no matter whether your thesis is presenting original research or not, whoever marks it needs to ...


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Passing off others' work as your own is plagiarism, acknowledge the help you were given, there's no shame, on the contrary, you'll be praised for initiative. You needn't necessarily* provide references to individual posts or your account, which will avoid privacy issues. You can provide the names of those that helped. If that poses a privacy concern (e.g....


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You write: What are the problems you are studying. Why are they important. What are your own contributions. (Maybe: "We present detailed proofs of the results...". Or maybe: "We summarize the results about A...".) Is there anything new in your contributions? Mention that, too. Maybe you are writing in a different language, combining results that have not ...


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With the COVID pandemic affecting a lot of ways of life, graduate department adcoms are more likely to be understanding of certain abnormalities in transcripts and such when they review them, at least in the immediate upcoming cycles. These can include having to take classes P/F, as some schools have switched to that grading model as a result of having to ...


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Students take gap years for many reasons: A « special » holiday To earn some money To volunteer Woof etc So a gap year based on a Covid decision is just one of many and this is not an exhaustive list. Your acceptance for a program will not be based on the use of the gap year but your grades and your attitude ie what you bring. Best of luck.


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You're developing a cognitive distortion in regard to your ability. Comparing yourself to another only will increase you anxiety in this respect. I've seen it destroy teachers. One day they're told that they're consumate professionals. Then one observation later they're deemed inadequate and then put under review until they leave because the stress becomes ...


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However, this class kinda made me think that maybe I am not good enough for this type of theoretical research. Well, maybe you aren't for this type. Isn't that natural? What it does not mean is that you are not good enough for your main field. You are going through something very normal, so a pragmatic approach might be the best one. If you are doing ...


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I don't know the answer to this question, but I do have some idea for questions you might ask yourself. I would guess that you are doing better in this class than you think you are, and overall you are probably stronger than this particular class indicates. However, the job market is competitive, and I have every expectation that the current crisis will ...


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What you may be experiencing is the fact that insight into some areas of mathematics don't translate into insight into others. I had a lot of insight into Analysis (my field) and General Topology, but little in Abstract Algebra. I once took a course (grad level) in discrete math and did terribly, experiencing much of what you describe. To be successful you ...


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In addition to Titus' answer which I believe is complete to the question posed. You mention that students who get the positions are coming either from a straight Maths background or have other adjacent degrees, still with more Mathematics studied. Is it possible that you are missing some of the so called core Mathematics courses? It is mentioned in the ...


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As Buffy commented, I would consider changing majors. With that in my mind I can offer the following: IMO the best place to start with theoretical computer science is with understanding the theory of computation and complexity. Sipser has a wonderful book which is available online for free: http://fuuu.be/polytech/INFOF408/Introduction-To-The-Theory-Of-...


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It sounds more like an issue of relevance and application strategy rather than a lack of your part, such as social skills. To answer the question as is, showing that you can balance independent/ individual work and being part of a group of people - not necessarily a research group but that you can network on your own, seek and offer advice and take ...


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I'm going to guess that it will be difficult, depending on what you mean by a "top university". Your CE background has some math, it is true, but you are probably missing quite a few of the courses that math graduates will have had. The math subject test itself is very difficult and tries to cover many topics. Even a math graduate will have had no courses ...


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Here are a few things that might benefit both your PhD and your preparation for the job search: Communicate with your advisor. Setting goals and making plans with your advisor will help align how you measure the success of your graduate experience. You can also report to your advisor about your progress towards these goals; accountability goes a long way. ...


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For application to a US doctoral program in pure math, I think you would be well situated, other things being equal. This would be especially the case if your chosen field is Analysis or something related. However, the path might take a bit longer than if you had studied a broader spectrum of math. The program you would be entering would have two essential ...


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From what I have seen in the past, it is not impossible and happens in a good number of cases that students switch from Pure to Applied Maths and vice-versa, as in your situation. At this time of the year, it may be a bit late to apply for Masters in UK as a good part of the offers have already been sent. Nonetheless, it would be good to apply to hone your ...


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As already better answers regarding statistics have been proposed I will comment on the "preference towards Germans" issue that has been mentioned both by the main post and subsequent answers. I am a foreign in Germany and finished a MSc from an international MSc/PhD program and have contact with many foreign PhD students and the number one problem that I ...


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Computable Analysis as a subject sits on the border of mathematics and computer science, and correspondingly, you can find researchers from this area in either kind of department. There is not much correlation between whether a given researcher works on the more CS or on the more math aspects of computable analysis and what department they are found in. ...


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Is this a good idea? In general, keeping digital notes is good practice. Paper notes are less accessible, less legible, and more vulnerable to loss. As for the execution: using a blog, wiki or cloud git repository are all viable options, but there are other options too. How do professionals in academia and PhD students organise their notes? One other ...


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My research area is in algebraic combinatorics, and I put useful things on wikipedia for a while. But sometimes, I want to save my own research, or add my personal comments. Moreover, wikipedia is not very convenient for LaTeX, and compatibility with bibtex. So, I put my notes together in a cleaned-up manner on my own web-page, which is now mainly a Catalog ...


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I do not publish my handwritten notes, but I always typeset them. The result is the English part of the following document (starting on page 2361): http://laurent.claessens-donadello.eu/pdf/giulietta.pdf Some parts are better than others ... I leave you judge if it is interesting or not. I want to stress some advantages I see. I always have everything ...


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IMHO Write notes about lectures, and more generally speaking about something to study, is a matter of personal habits. Usually I do it if I haven't a text book to follow covering most of the course materials. In such a cases, I find write, elaborate, and, why not, publish my notes very useful. Both to learn and to review the material on the fly. For sure ...


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There are a couple drawbacks worth highlighting. I should preface by saying that in many situations I am against taking the kinds of notes you refer to in the first place, for reasons that will be clear. It's bad to publish notes that are of low quality in the sense of being incomplete, having typos or mathematical errors, poor writing or formatting, etc. ...


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A note of caution: There may be intellectual-property issues regarding whether you have the rights to publish your notes based on the lectures, notes, or presentations of the professor. See for instance Is it okay to publish my personal notes from a lecture?


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I worked in the admissions office of the graduate school of arts and sciences at Harvard University. While the GRE is important, there are a kaleidoscope of other factors that admissions takes into consideration. You stated, quite eloquently, what happened, which was that you were so engaged in research that it hurt your study time for the GRE. Admission ...


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Is this a good idea? Depends. It's certainly* not a bad idea. The only drawback is that it takes some effort to get your notes online (only you know how little or much). So the question is: is it worth it to invest that effort to help other students? That depends on factors such as: How intelligible are your notes? How many other people study that subject (...


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This is maybe not a full answer, but I have some thoughts on that topic. I never really published my handwritten notes that I took in class. My handwriting is quite good but I do not think that anyone would really look for those because they most likely contain flaws (not in mine specifically but in handwritten notes on the internet in general) and moreover,...


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Is this a good idea? How do professionals in academia and PhD students organise their notes? Personally, I think this is a great idea. More routes for the sharing of knowledge do good for society as a whole. Often, notes taken by students become the definitive resource for other students. Academics who have extensive material typed up in notes tend to ...


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I definitely think this is a great idea and encourage you to do this. Sharing your knowledge not only helps others, but also provides even greater learning opportunities to you as well. You can create a powerful combination of a Git repository (for your handwritten notes, files such as docs and PPTs etc.) + blog using GitHub pages (check this out if you ...


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