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Thread: Proving a hypothesis- how on earth?!!

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26-Apr-17, 18:12
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posted about 17 hours ago
Some would say (I think increasingly?) that you shouldn't try and prove hypotheses / reject the null at all, but should instead use other measures of confidence? But let's not turn this into a philosophy of science thread :).

If this is for PhD work I think you need to speak to somebody (e.g. your supervisor) quite soon to discuss the kinds of statistics that would be the most use for you. You also do need to read some beginner / intermediate books on research methodology, (Neuman is a good start) before you begin analysing any data. This is important, because if you begin writing the thesis / doing the analysis in order to prove a hypothesis, you will lose all credibility.

Thread: My viva experience

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14-Mar-17, 07:56
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posted about 1 month ago
Hi folks

Used to post on here a lot more, but I've been so busy I haven't really been able to. Thought I would share my viva / PhD experience.

My PhD is quite left-field for for the area - humanitarian law but also statistics. Most lawyers abandon numbers at the age of 16, and so to write a PhD in law with lots of numbers is quite unusual. I had a number of problems within my own institution, with members of staff not understanding what it was I was doing. I was prepared to accept the blame for that, as I am supposed to ensure people DO understand it? Anywho, we decided to go with an external examiner at the top of the field. I thought this was something of a risk, but I needed someone who was sympathetic to the methods.

I went into the viva thinking minor corrections, but thinking there was a chance it could all go wrong and I could end up with majors. In the event, I have received 'minor corrections', with 6 months to complete them. The decision on the external was entirely correct, so one piece of advice would be to put a lot of thought into that.

Then I received the examiners' report and I was a little disappointed. I would say my 'minors' are at the upper end of the minor scale / lower end of the major scale. My sup thinks that it isn't that bad, and probably it isn't once I actually get involved with them. So I will leave it a short while, before cracking on with those.

After browsing this forum, it appears that doing a PhD is usually a terrible experience. I would say that my PhD has generally been quite smooth (subject to what I said above about people not getting it). I submitted on time, with no mental, family, or supervisor breakdown! I've also been appointed as a full time lecturer at my PhD university, with no publications (although some in the pipeline). So everybody, it can be done.

Thread: What are my chances getting in good PhD programs with mid 2:1 (BSc) + merit (MSc) ?

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24-Oct-16, 08:17
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posted about 6 months ago
If you're self funding you will probably be accepted anywhere in the whole world :). Your results easily satisfy the min requirements without being exceptional. It would all depend on your ideas.

Thread: Any social scientists out there who use R?

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24-Oct-16, 08:12
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posted about 6 months ago
You should try Field, Miles and Field 'Discovering statistics using R' :)

Thread: Self-Funded PhDs. Good or Bad?

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16-Oct-16, 13:03
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posted about 6 months ago
Find it curious that you say we want you 'down the pits' and you have a cloth and coal lifestyle, whilst at the same time confirming out you have a comfortable position in FE and can afford to fund a PhD part time. Hardly a serf existence is it? Champage socialist springs to mind. As it happens I'm first generation to go to Uni in my family, from Middlesbrough, and fund wife and baby off the PhD scholarship (no subbing).

I will have to bow out of this now, however. Well done in your achievements to date, you have clearly achieved against the odds, something for the OP to consider. Best of luck.

Thread: Self-Funded PhDs. Good or Bad?

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15-Oct-16, 21:42
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posted about 6 months ago
Given, I would suggest, a fair few of the posters on this site are fully funded and not 'subbed' by anyone, I think you may have just alienated yourself, Onion. Not sure how your rant addresses the OP but I take your point.

As for the OP, if your a person wishing to enter academia, with no other outside income, self funding as a bad idea.

Thread: Major submission decision needed today -supervisor blocking

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30-Sep-16, 09:45
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posted about 7 months ago
2/2 that doesn't mean he is right. Talk it through with your main supervisor.

Thread: Major submission decision needed today -supervisor blocking

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30-Sep-16, 09:45
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posted about 7 months ago
Maybe it's uni specific but I thought it was up to you when to submit and they couldn't block it - as it's your work. And yes, what does your first supervisor say? The Prof is surely only trying to be helpful, but..1/2

Thread: Regression question

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15-Sep-16, 15:03
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posted about 7 months ago
Yes, and you'd be right. The more stats I've used in my thesis the more a disbelieve everything about statistics.

Thread: Regression question

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15-Sep-16, 08:54
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posted about 7 months ago
Finally, I should also add, (sorry, I can only write 2 line replies for some reason), you need to be super careful when reaching conclusions based on the p-value.

Thread: Regression question

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15-Sep-16, 08:40
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posted about 7 months ago
I use logistic regression in my thesis and I found something similar btw. I put it down to the variables generally being quite weak predictors, and the one that is not sig by itself is helped along by others.

Thread: Regression question

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15-Sep-16, 08:38
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posted about 7 months ago
1/2 but I guess you would report the result as being x variable becomes significant in the presence of the other predictor variables. You might then need to consider (qualitatively) why that would be the case?

Thread: Regression question

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15-Sep-16, 08:37
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posted about 7 months ago
Not an expert but...yes because variables can be weak by themselves but become significant in combination with others. Obv you'd been to be sure there's no collinearity which could invalidate your results 1/2

Thread: Multiple projects - is this normal and tips for management!

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03-Sep-16, 14:09
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posted about 7 months ago
I personally would question doing the masters paper whilst juggling two (presumably PhD related?) studies? If it was me I would put that on ice a while until I've caught up my PhD.

Thread: Struggling with Criminology research proposal

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07-Jul-16, 14:03
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posted about 9 months ago
Not a criminologist or psychologist, but it seems OK to me. You should find a potential supervisor and email them with your ideas. However, might be tricky to get hold of them at the moment.
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