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Thread: Frustrated about Structural Equation Modeling

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03-Oct-19, 19:47
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Hi Huubte

Is there a class you can audit, or an online course / set of lectures that is comprehensive and has examples you can follow? Something like that might be helpful. I can understand your frustration though if you are diving into SEM without any stats background. I don't know how to do SEM yet myself, but I have some experience with advanced stats. About the two books differing in their instructions - sometimes stats is more of an art - different authors can have different ways of doing things. I would suggest use the book that you find easiest to understand / follow.

This should be helpful, as it's by the renowned Andy Field who has a knack for making complicated things simple:
If you haven't got it already then I recommend his book "discovering statistics", although I think it is only for if you are using SPSS. You'd need to search and see if he has written anything for the statistical package you are using.

Tudor

Thread: Looking for part time job as a security guard in Canada!!

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03-Oct-19, 11:00
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Hi Goodberg

Probably no one on this forum will be able to advise about this. You might be better of asking on a forum related to security in Canada, or by just researching online - it's a straight forward question and the answer should be there. You could also inquire directly with those advertising the role.

Good luck

Tudor

Thread: I want quit my PhD- after passing my viva with major corrections.

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02-Oct-19, 20:54
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Hi, I hadn't seen this before, otherwise I'd have replied sooner. I haven't been in this situation with the major corrections. But I certainly have been in a position where my thesis meant basically nothing to me and when I had to talk about it I had inner sulks. I don't know if you want advice, or maybe just venting helped. I hope you get it done and submitted. Once it's done it's done - once and for all. You'll be totally free to focus on the things in your life that interest and energise you. I don't think you should quit by the way :D

Thread: Failed viva

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02-Oct-19, 19:57
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I am so sorry to hear this too. Her reaction seems unfair, as does the whole scenario. Do you think that you can address the things they have asked you to address? Do you have a secondary supervisor who might be more supportive?

Regardless, I think it's important to find out where you stand. Hopefully people on here will have more experience and advice. Is there anyone you can talk to at uni , for example in the student union? Or doctoral academy? There should be someone knowledgeable and impartial (not even an academic) who can answer your questions and tell you what you are or are not entitled to. At my uni, it was called the doctoral academy.

I hope you get clarity soon.

Thread: PhD skype Interview

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02-Oct-19, 08:41
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Congrats on giving a good interview. Have you had your follow up interview yet? The advice may be too late, but just do the same thing as you did in the first one. :)

Good luck!

Thread: possible outcomes of minor corrections

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01-Oct-19, 16:11
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Quote From abababa:
I say it can't be bounced because I asked, as examiner for a UK university, when a corrected thesis landed on my desk with the corrections done very poorly (or not at all in some cases).

This put me in a position of either failing a PhD completely because of minor issues, or effectively passing it still with minor issues.

I passed it, because it seemed the considerably lesser of two evils.


Yes, I had no idea about this - and guess it isn't something that is publicised for obvious reasons! I was kind of theorising that something like this might be the case, which is why I asked... it's pretty whacky actually if it is the case everywhere! Quite reassuring though (although I had better not be over-confident, I'm sure).




Quote From Jamie_Wizard:
Great! Well done. I'm sure it'll all be fine.


Thanks! :-)

Thread: Do you know the name of this film?

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01-Oct-19, 16:06
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Hi everyone

I wouldn't normally come on here with such a trivial questions, but I thought maybe someone will know... I am trying to find a movie that I nearly watched a couple of years ago but then forgot about... it has just come back to mind, and although it sounds a bit depressing I wanted to give it a go... The problem is - I have forgotten its name...

Here's what I remember: It's about a man (with dark hair) who gets tragic news one night that his family (wife and kids) have been killed in a car accident. I'm not sure what all happens in between, but the synopsis said something about him going to live in (and possibly buy) a lighthouse... I don't remember anything else or any of the actors, and when I search on IMDB for lighthouse films, I get a load of horror movies, which it definitely wasn't.

If anyone knows what it could be (or has any alternative suggestions I could try - I seem to be craving something a bit melancholy though), please let me know!!!

Thanks
Tudor

Ps. Have just finished corrections! Need to check them all tomorrow and then will submit - fingers crossed!

Thread: What should i prepare for the progression viva?

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01-Oct-19, 14:07
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Yes, you will be fine! The report you have prepared and submitted to them should be the basis for all their questions. So ensure that you understand everything you wrote and why, relax, have a good, open attitude, and you should be sorted. Curve balls are just curve balls - there may be a few - and you might be able to answer them, might not - either have a try if you think you can or just admit you don't know if you really don't - those are the two best (arguably only!) options and either is fine! This is the advice I give based on my progress report viva and my final viva. All the best!

Thread: possible outcomes of minor corrections

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27-Sep-19, 19:32
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Thank you everyone and hope you are all doing well! Well, this is reassuring. Someone said they can't be bounced back - it's a pass or fail - I find that interesting indeed! Hope not to test it out... I haven't yet submitted mine (I was given extra time due to personal circumstance) - they're due next week :-).

Thread: possible outcomes of minor corrections

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24-Sep-19, 16:42
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Hi all,

I was wondering what the possible outcomes are of minor corrections. Can they be bounced back if the examiner doesn't feel they've been addressed adequately? I am not in this position (and hope not to be), but just wondered as it doesn't say on my examiners' form.

Thanks
Tudor

Thread: If I drop out of my PhD do I auto get a masters??

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17-Sep-19, 18:41
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I am also sorry to hear about your experiences. I don't think it is an automatic process. You would need to formally discuss and submit it as an MPhil in order to be awarded one. Have you considered doing what you can and submitting it anyway - on the off-chance that it is enough to get the award of PhD? Maybe you would have nothing to lose that way, as if the supervisors thought it wasn't good enough for a PhD, they would be suggesting MPhil, and guide you down that route. Or if it got to viva stage and the examiners decided it was worthy of an MPhil and not a PhD, ditto.

To find out about the ins and outs - I would suggest to talking to your supervisors. Or you could try talking with the relevant team at your uni (at my uni it was called "the doctoral academy" and there were advisors who you could talk to about this kind of thing to help you decide what to do and understand the ins and outs of things).

I really would suggest talking to them because it sounds like you are (understandably) on a huge downer, and this means you could be seeing things more negatively than you might otherwise, and than they might. I left writing up till late. Also a few months prior, I had been on the verge of quitting (or rather, downgrading to an MPhil). I thought my thesis was crap and wouldn't be awarded a PhD. In the end, I felt happier with it once it was written (though still not over-joyed) and passed with minor corrections. It's probably better than you think. And you can do way more than you think in a short amount of time. And if needed you could always extend your deadline (I did mine several times!).

Hope this is somewhat informative / encouraging. Don't give up (unless you seriously do want to), and go for the PhD Award - it will be behind you forever soon.

Best
Tudor

Thread: PhD Acceptance

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16-Sep-19, 13:31
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I think having a Distinction at Masters (very rare from what I hear) will overwrite the 2:2 at Undergrad. They will probably assume you were not fully engaged until you really got into what you are passionate about (and then you got a Distinction). And logically, Masters is a higher level of study. I wouldn't be concerned about someone GCSE reults if they got all As at A-level, for example. Good luck! :)

Thread: Lab / group size

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16-Sep-19, 13:28
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Eng, that is exactly the sort of thing I want to avoid!!! I am visiting the lab next week and will try get a sense of things then and possibly ask the very few lab members some questions! I am hoping I will just be able to get a sense of things - having had experience in a lab where the PI was great and the lab members happy and productive. Why don't they sell metal detectors for this sort of thing? Then again, I suppose that is what instinct is for...

Thread: Lab / group size

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16-Sep-19, 11:56
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I don't agree - I've had a collaboration before which then led to a job offer (postdoc) - in my experience it's a great way to get to know whether you would want to work with / for someone in the long term or not.

Thread: Lab / group size

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14-Sep-19, 17:34
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Ooh, my reply to you has actually given me an idea...! I guess I could start a collaboration with them and see how that goes and whether I would actually want to do a postdoc with them... now there's an idea!
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