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>> No. 6349 Anonymous
15th July 2018
Sunday 4:50 pm
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Have either of you studied maths at an undergraduate/postgraduate level?

In short, I'm hoping to learn a) enough calculus to understand undergraduate microeconomics and b) enough probability and statistics to understand the kind of data analysis used in randomised controlled trials.

I was looking for what kind of thing I might need to learn first and give myself some sort of structure. I came across images like the one attached.

Right now I am very good with algebra, and would place myself at a 'precalculus' level. Is it fair to say I'd need to follow the branches presented in this tree?
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>> No. 6360 Anonymous
17th July 2018
Tuesday 10:42 pm
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On a somewhat similar note to some of the posts in this thread, is there anything out there that one can gain qualifications in within a couple of years and get a decent-ish job or career path at the end?
>> No. 6361 Anonymous
17th July 2018
Tuesday 10:49 pm
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>>6360
Are we on about mathematical or any job?
>> No. 6362 Anonymous
17th July 2018
Tuesday 10:56 pm
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>>6361

Any job.
>> No. 6363 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 7:16 am
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>>6362
Financial advice. To get the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning you need to pass five multiple choice tests and one two hour written test which you can bullet point. The bar isn't set overly high and you can qualify in about a year or two.

Demand exceeds supply in the industry so, with a bit of report writing experience, you're pretty much guaranteed to be able to never earn less than around £25,000 -
£28,000 ever again but you can walk into a job paying up to £40,000 if you're any good at it; the highest I've heard of a Paraplanner being hired for is £55,000 and that's in Yorkshire. If you go on to be an adviser then I believe the average salary is about £90,000 but earning six figures is feasible.
>> No. 6364 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 10:53 pm
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>>6360
Speak of an open question, mate, and it really depends on your target income and luck.

A friend of mine got his CSCS, put in the graft for a bit and build some connections then financed his forklift license. The connections were necessary to get the required hours on a forklift to get a decent job doing that. It's a "once you have it, you're fine" kind of deal. It's a very relaxed kind of job for ~£35k.

Through a previous job (warehouse monkey in an electrical wholsalers) I met a few electricians. If you're good and get the qualification out of the way, you can do alright at £30-£40k. If you find an SMB and you are the site electrcian, expect £40-£50k while having a bunch of possibly interesting responsibiilities. Others more well versed in these industries can advise you better, I defected to IT.

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>> No. 6341 Anonymous
13th July 2018
Friday 6:20 pm
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Yesterday I was put on a reserve list for the course I've wanted to do since my late teens/early twenties.

I am willing to do almost anything to get on it. I have emailed all the main contacts I could find within the department, but all three are currently on holiday. I have contacted general admissions who say that it's purely a department specific decision.

I really want this more than anything, and it could set my life on a very different, more positive course.

What can I do to increase my odds? No margin is too small. I am willing to plead and beg if necessary.
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>> No. 6343 Anonymous
13th July 2018
Friday 8:34 pm
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>>6341
Nothing.
>> No. 6344 Anonymous
13th July 2018
Friday 8:55 pm
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I don't believe admissions processes have as much agency as you're thinking they do. I would imagine if you meet the course criteria you will make it on to the course. If you're on the reserve list that means that basically there's nothing anyone you have emailed can do, short of kicking someone else off the course to make room for you, and no amount of begging and pleading is going to make that happen for a number of reasons.
>> No. 6345 Anonymous
14th July 2018
Saturday 3:40 pm
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>>6344 So we're back to the murdery knife thread?
>> No. 6346 Anonymous
15th July 2018
Sunday 2:39 am
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>>6344

Not sure it is quite as bleak as you paint, but I mostly agree we live in an age of people being compelled to quantify their decisions so the best candidate is the one who can be most easily justified on paper rather than the one whose personality suits best.

The more public facing the institution the more true the above statement.
>> No. 6347 Anonymous
15th July 2018
Sunday 9:24 am
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>>6346

I just mean that if he's on the reserve list, that means whatever decisions they do make have already been made.

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>> No. 6336 Anonymous
6th June 2018
Wednesday 3:37 pm
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Id like to get into the habit of reading more high quality, peer reviewed academic journals online - mostly for health related stuff, but also for other bits and pieces (politics, etc.).

I usually use google scholar but it seems that a fair bit of pseudoscience has crept in. Can anyone recommend a source of higher quality journal articles?
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>> No. 6337 Anonymous
6th June 2018
Wednesday 3:48 pm
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What's wrong with Jstor?
>> No. 6338 Anonymous
6th June 2018
Wednesday 5:40 pm
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Well last time I checked Google scholar was good for showing what's available without a licence
>> No. 6339 Anonymous
9th June 2018
Saturday 8:44 am
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There's that subreddit where people exchange journal articles.

Also libgen.

And then there's this http://aaaaarg.fail/
>> No. 6340 Anonymous
9th June 2018
Saturday 8:49 am
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>>6338

Everything is available without a license. Just copy the DOI and paste it here:

https://sci-hub.tw/
>> No. 6348 Anonymous
15th July 2018
Sunday 4:36 pm
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For health related stuff, PubMed and UpToDate are fine sources of information, as long as you read a bit about the structure and flaws of our current methodology for clinical trials so you know how to pick out potential bollocks.

Thing is with journals, they're often so mind-bogglingly specific you'd probably be best off saying what your exact interests are.

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>> No. 6272 Anonymous
12th July 2017
Wednesday 9:48 pm
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I'm at the end of my postgraduate thesis, at least as far as my available time goes. Last month I agreed with my supervisors that this Friday that I would send over a complete draft for them to go over before a final submission on the 1st September at the latest.

All that has happened since then is I've mostly stared at a nearly blank page for weeks on end because I thought I would redo my literature review but I can't get it all to connect. Nothing is connecting and its horrible because I'm nowhere near a complete draft at this point. In fact I don't think any of my work has gone as planned since at least January apart from a now absolutely shining example of an introduction.

If you have any top-tips for getting writing down and eventually having a thesis together over the coming weeks let me know because I'm pretty spent right now. I don't know if maybe I should have just posted this in emo because it feels like I'm completely fucked but at the same time potentially years of my life are going down the drain which tells me I can't stop.
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>> No. 6287 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 1:55 am
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>>6283
>I'm in rather awkward situation

Yes. You have to god at every opportunity at this cast iron evidence of a miracle.
>> No. 6288 Anonymous
1st September 2017
Friday 4:32 pm
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>>6286
Don't listen to this cunt. There is a higher power and every now and again, He will give you a break. Appease Him.
>> No. 6333 Anonymous
30th March 2018
Friday 2:32 pm
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Sorry to bump this thread, but I'm in a similar boat. I have a project to finish and a 45-page report to write in the next 2 and a half weeks, but every time I sit down to get on with my project, I am just filled with this malaise that causes me to get nothing done.

I just cannot get motivated to do any work at all, and within minutes I usually find myself mindlessly browsing Facebook or watching some inane video on YouTube. I really need to get this done but I can't get myself to do it.

What works for revision is going to the library and physically moving to a new location, but with this, all my files are on my main PC and so I have to stay in my room. I have tried solutions like TeamViewer but they are so slow and clunky it makes it exceptionally difficult.

I'm gonna try going to the gym to see if it gets me more regimented, but I feel guilty for not being at home and doing work, even though when I'm at home I'm not doing any work.

So far, I've averaged >85% and really don't want to fuck it up, but I cannot bring myself to just focus.
>> No. 6334 Anonymous
30th March 2018
Friday 3:32 pm
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>>6333
>What works for revision is going to the library and physically moving to a new location, but with this, all my files are on my main PC and so I have to stay in my room.

Sounds like a bit of an excuse there, m8. Use cloud storage or bring a portable disk like My Passport. A 1TB model is less than £30.

You know what works, so do what works.
>> No. 6335 Anonymous
30th March 2018
Friday 4:56 pm
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>>6334
I don't have a functional laptop (or, presently, the cash to acquire one) and the library PCs don't have the software. I'm developing in Visual Studio for Windows.

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>> No. 6317 Anonymous
18th March 2018
Sunday 11:25 am
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After going back and forth doing fuck all worth anything, I finally applied to Uni after getting a bit of experience with my chosen subject. Had an interview and assessment on the 10th and now I just gotta wait. I feel like I fucked it up and I'm totally shitting it.

This was probably the best chance I've had to do something with my life and get out of the venemous hell hole that is my home before it eats me alive.

Nothing much else to say, really. Daren't tell friends because I don't want my likely failure to be known but had to tell someone.
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>> No. 6326 Anonymous
19th March 2018
Monday 8:21 pm
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>>6325
Dunno how it compares to the usual but I was told there were around 1500 applicants for 90 places.
>> No. 6327 Anonymous
23rd March 2018
Friday 5:07 pm
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Holy shit. I fucking did it, lads. They accepted me unconditionally. I'm ecstatic.
>> No. 6330 Anonymous
23rd March 2018
Friday 5:18 pm
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>>6327
Good on that man, purpz activate the confetti!
>> No. 6331 Anonymous
23rd March 2018
Friday 6:23 pm
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>>6330
Thank you, bro. I know people were saying Uni isn't everything but I've been searching for my passion for years and finding a way out of my current situation. To find that and then be accepted to my dream uni is quite frankly, fucking unreal. Y
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23rd March 2018
Friday 6:47 pm
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>>6327
Well done ladm8!!

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>> No. 6289 Anonymous
9th March 2018
Friday 12:58 pm
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I just finished reading Richard Szelinski's "Computer Vision" and some of the older papers he cites. What strikes me is how childishly simple the algorithms are. Most of the complexity of recent years is just layers of abstraction and obfuscation. In some cases, modern algorithms are actually slower or less accurate because important discoveries were forgotten in the process of obfuscation.

So I can heartily recommend Szelinski's book as well as "Natural Language Processing with Python" by Bird, Klein and Loper (only the 1st edition, though).

Any other clear, non-obfuscated guides to statistics & ML? I am most interested in natural language processing, although there is a fair amount of overlap between fields.
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>> No. 6312 Anonymous
13th March 2018
Tuesday 1:11 am
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>>6311

You might as well ask how a collection of cells makes a person? Seemingly impossible tasks are just a series of possible tasks put together.
>> No. 6313 Anonymous
13th March 2018
Tuesday 1:55 am
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>>6311
But that's my point about needing to find a reason to do it - the point of entry is thinking "this is a problem I want to solve" - in the early days of learning programming you have to contrive that. With practice, you'll create more complex systems that actually solve a real problem and if you can keep doing that, you will be a real programmer who earns money doing this, solving other peoples actual problems.

What is the most popular word over five letters used on .gs? How many minutes per month do you spend here?
You have a folder on your computer full of images, music and text files - how would you create a simple way of browsing them?
Your hobby is bird watching, how would you create a database that records what you observe, with images?
Your local kids football club needs a way of managing all their players and statistics for games
You and your mates play the same video game every Friday - how do you record the scores and performance every week to create a league table?
You setup a webcam that points out your front window - create me a simple HTML page you view in a browser that shows all the colours of the different cars that pass by? Bonus points - you recognise all the number plates.

I don't know what the fuck you're interested in, but whatever it is, you can create programs to help you. Start on that path, initially they will be contrived and fake, but with practice, they will become real.
>> No. 6314 Anonymous
13th March 2018
Tuesday 2:55 am
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>>6313

> Your local kids football club needs a way of managing all their players and statistics for games

Now then, now then.
>> No. 6315 Anonymous
13th March 2018
Tuesday 2:56 am
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>>6311

If you've already completed an introductory course in programming, I'd recommend Codewars. It's a series of real-world programming problems presented a bit like a puzzle game. You complete each "level" when the code you've written passes a set of pre-determined tests. Once you've solved some of these problems, you should start to see how your skills can be used to solve real problems.

https://www.codewars.com/

If you haven't completed a beginner's course, then pick a good one that's based on practical project-based learning. For example, Udacity's Intro to Computer Science course teaches you how to build a basic search engine and social network using Python. Other courses structure their teaching around games or mobile apps. Learning how to break down an apparently insurmountable problem into lots of little chunks is arguably the most important skill in software development.

https://eu.udacity.com/course/intro-to-computer-science--cs101
>> No. 6316 Anonymous
13th March 2018
Tuesday 10:20 am
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>>6313

>How many minutes per month do you spend here?

Well that's got to be my first 'solo' project for sure. I don't think I truly want to know, mind.

I do appreciate the way you talk about this stuff, though, it definitely inspires me, for lack of a less poncy word. Expect a few related question posts sneakily targeted at you over the coming few months.

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>> No. 6255 Anonymous
11th July 2017
Tuesday 6:42 pm
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Hey, I just flee abroad after doing my studies, I never have to pay any of those maintenance or tuition loans back, do I?
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>> No. 6267 Anonymous
12th July 2017
Wednesday 6:06 am
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>>6266

You need to talk to your GP mate.
>> No. 6268 Anonymous
12th July 2017
Wednesday 6:16 am
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>>6266
You're too thick to go to university, and thats saying something.
>> No. 6269 Anonymous
12th July 2017
Wednesday 8:02 am
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>>6267

"Do some exercise, and here's a prescription for some tenner a pop pills, but only if you beg and repeatedly state how suicidal you are. We don't want to be helping you before you're absolutely, positively, irreversibly at rock bottom."

>>6268

No, I'm plainly too angry to apply for university. It's a totally different set of circumstances, idiot.
>> No. 6270 Anonymous
12th July 2017
Wednesday 8:47 am
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>>6269

Go back and keep going back until you get the treatment you need. GPs aren't psychic - if they prescribe something and don't see from you again, they assume that the prescription worked.
>> No. 6271 Anonymous
12th July 2017
Wednesday 7:29 pm
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May have gotten a bit wound up last night, my mistake.

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>> No. 6235 Anonymous
30th March 2017
Thursday 12:14 am
6235 Quantitative finance/econ or Applied Maths PhD
Hi, I'm an American finishing up my MSc Mathematics. I'm looking to study urban development or quantitative finance (Much of the math is the same tbh so not worried what the title is called).

I was wondering if yall might recommend any universities with a heavily quantitative economics PhD or something called Quantitative Finance. I'm looking for a reputable university in a cool city, got any leads?

Btw I'm wondering do MSc students get funding in your country? In America it's hit or miss. A PhD wouldn't hurt would it.
Thanks
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>> No. 6250 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 8:57 pm
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>>6248

This is because you come across as a retard.
>> No. 6251 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 9:10 pm
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>>6250
If doing a graduate degree in math looks retarded to you, you must be doing some really groundbreaking quantitative research my snaggletoothed friend
>> No. 6252 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 9:16 pm
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>>6251
Go away, do some basic research, and then come back with a thread whereby you don't have to lob insults and rely on bits of paper to give anyone the impression you're not retarded.
>> No. 6253 Anonymous
3rd April 2017
Monday 2:42 pm
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>>6252
I actually did all that but the userbase felt like pretending I hadn't

If you were hoping it'd make you look smart...
>> No. 6254 Anonymous
4th April 2017
Tuesday 7:37 am
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>>6253

Jesus Christ. You are the reason America is going down the shitter. All hail our Chinese overlords!

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>> No. 6135 Anonymous
18th May 2016
Wednesday 12:07 am
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Why isn't Economics a mandatory subject at Key Stage 3 and 4 yet? Everyone in the UK is by definition a part of the economy, and I would say that having a knowledge of how it works and your place in it is essential in today's society.

It could start off by talking about personal finance - things like basic budgeting, the myriad of options for personal banking, how loans and mortgages work. From here, pupils could be taught about the finances of small to large businesses, and the ways this differs from that of an individual. Finally, pupils would be given an overview of the macroeconomic principles of how many businesses and individuals interact in markets, and how domestic markets form part of the international picture.

Looking back on my pre- A-level education, all this stuff seems like a pretty gaping hole. A large part of my personal knowledge comes from having business-minded parents but not everyone has that privilege, and knowing how to budget and save are apparently skills severely lacking in today's society. I'm aware that a fraction of personal finance is taught in mathematics, but it is a very small fraction and one that would surely be better split-off so that maths itself can be about maths and not simply numerics with a pound-sign in front of it.
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>> No. 6144 Anonymous
18th May 2016
Wednesday 1:23 pm
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The main problem I have with economics isn't that the models are inaccurate, it's that the models are implemented by financiers and politicians who have zero appreciation for their context as nice but ultimately useless mathematical formulae. These people cherry-pick the economics models that fit their agenda, sing them as gospel and subsequently refuse to acknowledge any evidence or alternative models that prove them wrong.

It's not the science itself, but the people who misuse it. Now that I think about it, this is a good argument in OP's favour. People won't see through the bullshit unless they are taught to.
>> No. 6145 Anonymous
18th May 2016
Wednesday 1:40 pm
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>>6143
I get what you're saying, but really only in particular sciences such as terrestrial physics, chemistry, materials science and cell biology can phenomena be practically isolated in a lab. Once you get to say evolutionary biology, environmental science, geology, astrophysics, cosmology or parts of sociology phenomena cannot be isolated in this way, yet they are for the most part still considered sciences because they follow the scientific method.

Fundamentally, the argument over whether economics is a science or not depends on how it is approached - if it is approached using the scientific method, it is by definition a science. If it is approached in other ways, it isn't.
>> No. 6217 Anonymous
24th December 2016
Saturday 8:42 pm
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I did a GCSE in economics and have since discovered that most of it was total bollocks. Economics is little more than numerical theology, and anyone who disagrees is the economic equivalent of the religious cunts in this video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5gm9hoTw6Y
>> No. 6218 Anonymous
24th December 2016
Saturday 8:48 pm
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Yes. Good,
>> No. 6236 Anonymous
30th March 2017
Thursday 12:20 am
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>>6135g

My brother has a PhD in economics from the top-ranked Econ department in the country (last time I checked).

In America it's mandatory for anyone in business/engineering and I think mathematics.
What's interesting about Econ to me is how quickly it gets extremely mathematical. It's cool, uses a ton of theoretical math that no one besides physicists care to use. But for that reason I don't think it should be taught to everyone. Technical concepts ain't everyone's bag and it can get misconstrued (like it often is in my country).
I think statistics would be a much more worthwhile subject to make mandatory for everyone and I don't know why it's not. Econometrics is just statistics after all, so i think it would help people interpret information much more wisely.

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>> No. 6229 Anonymous
21st February 2017
Tuesday 8:19 pm
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how do I learn to do accents as well as this guy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyd3VMoG3WM
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>> No. 6230 Anonymous
21st February 2017
Tuesday 10:29 pm
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>>6229
Become an impressionist.
>> No. 6231 Anonymous
22nd February 2017
Wednesday 3:11 am
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It's mostly about learning to listen to yourself. Have you ever noticed that your voice sounds weird on a recording? People are often shocked or embarrassed by what their voice actually sounds like. We tend not to pay much attention to the sounds coming out of our mouth, because we're busy concentrating on what we're about to say next. You can't use your voice effectively if you're not really listening to it, so that's what you need to practice first and foremost.

Use the voice recorder app on your phone. Start off by recording whatever comes to mind in your normal speaking voice, then listening back. Describe your day, tell an anecdote, list the contents of your fridge. Do this for a while until you're used to the sound of your own voice. Pay attention to your own speech. How would you describe your accent to a foreigner? Which sounds are most characteristic of your accent? What aspects of your voice are unique?

Listen to a recording of the accent you'd like to learn and practise imitating one short sentence at a time. Record and play back your attempt, listening carefully to each consonant and vowel sound. Hone in on any syllables that sound wrong, comparing the recording you're imitating with the recording of your own attempt. Pay attention to the movements of your mouth and tongue as you speak. Write out sentences phonetically and take notes on the patterns you identify in the accent. If you're particularly dedicated, learn the International Phonetic Alphabet.
>> No. 6232 Anonymous
22nd February 2017
Wednesday 8:09 am
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>>6229

Study linguistics. In particular phonology. and practice the different associated sounds. Essentially there are huge differences in how different accents make sounds to say the same words that we take for granted. British English is actually amazingly varied for this in a way American accents aren't. Once you understand how the sound is differently made depending on who says it for the exact same word, you can analyses and imitate it better.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WvIwkL8oLc
>> No. 6233 Anonymous
22nd February 2017
Wednesday 9:04 am
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>>6231
Good stuff, thanks lads.
>> No. 6234 Anonymous
22nd February 2017
Wednesday 6:35 pm
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>>6230
I've said this before, but my favourite impressionist moment was Jon Culshaw on the One Show. He was surprising a woman in a call centre by pretending to be Alan Carr. He snuck up behind her for the big reveal and the disappointment on her face when she saw it was him instead of Carr will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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>> No. 4291 Anonymous
6th April 2013
Saturday 1:57 pm
4291 Itt we give our view of each others unis
Mine is York, so what do you think?

Rate others according to your view of them.
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>> No. 6213 Anonymous
16th November 2016
Wednesday 7:38 am
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Roehampton and SOAS.
>> No. 6225 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 6:40 pm
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>>6213
I'm doing postgrad at Cumbria. There's a lad on my course who did undergrad at Roehampton and they said "Roehampton is one of the shittest unis in the country but it's still loads better than this shithole".
>> No. 6226 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 12:25 pm
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Finished my masters degree in Oxford couple of months ago. To be honest, in terms of education it really fell short of what I was expecting, same with the quality of the student body (should've realised something was off when they let me in). The city is nice though, and a nice place to be in as a student.

Can't provide a good view of other unis as I'm a foreignlad and don't know much. Except that I'm supposed to talk shit about Cambridge from now on.
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31st January 2017
Tuesday 9:39 pm
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Manchester massive represent

>>6226
I have a m8 at Oxfam currently doing a master's and from what I gather it's a really strange place.
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31st January 2017
Tuesday 9:46 pm
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>>6226
I always find it odd when the world's top professors in various areas congregate in Cambridge, Oxford, wherever and people expect them to do quality teaching.

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>> No. 6215 Anonymous
24th December 2016
Saturday 8:11 pm
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Lads, is there anything like a cheap piano keyboard that you can connect a headset to, so that only you can hear the sounds it produces?

I have not played a musical instrument since Year 7, and I want to try again.
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>> No. 6220 Anonymous
24th December 2016
Saturday 11:10 pm
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>>6216
Oh thanks! I wasn't aware.

>>6219
I was checking out ebay and came across roll-up keyboards that can plug into a USB slot. They cost about £35. I don't want to blow over £60ish on something I don't know how to play.

I can't pin down my own music taste, it is too varied. Classical, Bluegrass, film scores, Disco, House, Hip-hop, Rap, Pop, Rock from the 80s and 70s, obscure mashup (like Future Funk) producers on soundcloud and bandcamp, etc.

I thought about getting a second hand guitar, but I think the keyboard is probably the best.
>> No. 6221 Anonymous
24th December 2016
Saturday 11:53 pm
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>>6220
Any USB keyboards are likely to just be controllers, so you'd need to install software on your computer to actually produce the sound output for headphones. A quick google suggests that the following might help: http://www.synthfont.com/links_to_soundfonts.html.

If you'd rather just get a self-contained keyboard, then I'd suggest looking up some Casio ones. They tend to be cheaper than the other dominant brand, Yamaha, and though not typically as full-featured would be fine for basic learning/practice.
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25th December 2016
Sunday 12:20 am
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>>6220
>I was checking out ebay and came across roll-up keyboards that can plug into a USB slot. They cost about £35.
That'd be a waste of £35, the roll-up thing is a novelty. You should be able to find a passable keyboard with "expression" (responds accordingly to the pressure at which you hit the keys, like a real piano would) for around the same if you dig around some second-hand shops, over the coming months especially, as people do the post-Christmas "you need to get rid of that old thing"/spring clean toss-out. There are a lot of keyboards out there, and you'd be hard pressed to find one without a headphone socket. (Exceptions include the aforementioned MIDI keyboard, which is just an input device, or at the other end something like a full-size electric piano, which you won't find for £35). Assuming you've got the space to store one, it shouldn't be difficult to find something cheap to mess around with, and whatever you decide you don't like about it will probably be as valuable as what you learn on it.
>> No. 6223 Anonymous
25th December 2016
Sunday 3:19 pm
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>>6220

USB keyboards don't work well unless you also buy an audio interface. The problem is that ordinary soundcards have quite a lot of latency, so there's a delay between pressing a key on the keyboard and hearing sound from the computer. More than about 40ms of latency is basically unplayable, but most built-in soundcards have about 250ms of latency. Macs are the exception to this.

The roll-up keyboards are absolutely hopeless. You can buy a perfectly playable USB controller keyboard for about £60 - an Alesis Q49 or Acorn Masterkey would fit the bill. The cheapest usable audio interface is the Behringer UCA222, which costs about £25.

Using a controller keyboard and an audio interface is a big faff if you just want to play the keyboard, but it does open up the world of audio production. If you're willing to invest the time in learning, this route would allow you to compose and record music using software synthesisers and samplers. I'm happy to advise on the basics of computer-based music production if this interests you.

If you just want to play the keyboard, have a look on eBay for a Casio or Yamaha keyboard. You'll find plenty around the £60 mark. If you're at all serious about learning piano then you'll outgrow one of these keyboards fairly quickly, but they're a decent starting point. Look for something with full-size keys; If you can find something with "velocity sensitivity" or "touch sensitivity" at that price, all the better.
>> No. 6224 Anonymous
26th December 2016
Monday 12:39 am
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>>6220
One thing I will say as you mentioned the possibility of getting a guitar: if you get an electric, you can buy headphone-only amps very cheaply from most music stores or online. Guitar itself will typically be a bit more of an investment but might be worth bearing in mind if you spot anything second hand you fancy trying.

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>> No. 6192 Anonymous
23rd October 2016
Sunday 9:07 pm
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Hi,

I graduated with a 2.1 in a pointless humanities course but got lucky and have slowly worked my way up to my current position in a £25k government job but will find it very difficult to move any higher due to competition. Added to this I worry that I might be made redundant and have no real in-demand skills.

I am now 32 and studying a Maths A Level at college.

I want a better paying job and am wondering what I can do from here. It there any benefit to returning to uni to gain an undergraduate maths degree? I would graduate around my mid-30s and was thinking this would greatly improve my career prospects as I could maybe move into banking/finance.

Or are there any better directions I can take career wise at this point?

Teaching wouldn't pay any better than I am on now. There are some graduate-level government jobs in my area but they require a maths-related degree (e.g. pure maths or statistics, economics etc.).

Any thoughts?
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>> No. 6196 Anonymous
23rd October 2016
Sunday 10:00 pm
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Just some suggestions from a fellow humanities graduate lad:

-Most big firms like KPMG/PWC hire tax people and similar roles from any degree background as long as you can pass the maths tests
-Same with the Treasury jobs and schemes
-Same with most banks - JP Morgan hire analysts with literally any degree as do most, including the Bank of England

You also might be better off doing a masters. Have you tried using your skills to get into communications? Money isn't amazing, but it's better than that once you get going and all you do is write press releases all day, which after the first few, are just copy and paste jobs.
>> No. 6197 Anonymous
24th October 2016
Monday 6:51 pm
6197 OP
Thanks for your replies, some good options there I hadn't thought of before.
>> No. 6198 Anonymous
3rd November 2016
Thursday 8:40 pm
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>>6192
A maths degree should open your options up a lot more. I recently graduated with a degree in maths and I'm now working in risk management for a major airline. However, I would not recommend starting a three year degree now just to improve your career prospects a bit unless you have a very specific goal in mind.

If you are considering teaching then do NOT start a three year degree right now. There are a few ways you could go about this but getting into teaching does not require you to have a degree specific to your subject. The degree that you have will suffice to get onto a PGCE course, all you will then have to do is demonstrate subject knowledge, which the maths A-level should go a long way towards, although many institutions may require something more, this could involve tests on interview day or a more extensive subject knowledge enhancement course. Either way, none of these options will be anywhere near as intensive as a three year degree and will result in you becoming a qualified teacher within a year or two. Teacher starting salaries are around £23k but they rise pretty quickly, and with career progression you could be looking at £30k within a few years and £40k+ within 7 or 8 years. You will also be in heavy demand as a maths teacher. Also your PGCE training year will grant you a huge bursary that only seems to be rising each year, it's something to look into.

Just for the record I don't think you should go into teaching unless you're sure it's what you want to do, I've seen too many people ruin themselves with a career that isn't right for them and teaching is one of the prime suspects. But at the same time, for many people it is incredibly rewarding.
>> No. 6210 Anonymous
4th November 2016
Friday 4:49 pm
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What's your CV since uni? How useless was the degree?

I'm not sure doing a maths degree would necessarily change a huge amount, I would instead advise doing it part time with the Open University if it's something you're set on.
>> No. 6214 Anonymous
19th November 2016
Saturday 6:47 pm
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>>6198

>Teacher starting salaries are around £23k but they rise pretty quickly, and with career progression you could be looking at £30k within a few years and £40k+ within 7 or 8 years.

I am currently on £25k (which I know is pretty good especially up north). I like the idea of teaching but doesn't seem worth it for the hours. I currently earn £25k for 9-5 Monday - Friday. As a teacher £35k for 8-6 Monday - Friday (if i'm lucky) with additional work on the weekends doesn't seem great.


>>6210

Management mostly, some private sector but currently in public sector (HMRC).

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>> No. 6165 Anonymous
24th June 2016
Friday 8:33 am
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So I'm looking at university rankings, there are plenty of them and none agree with each other. Are there ones that are relatively more respected in the UK/align more with popular perception?

I have admits from QMUL, Reading and Sussex - all seem fairly okay, but I find it very difficult to differentiate between them besides rating the cities they're in. And, for example, KCL ranks below these in many tables yet I've been rejected by them.

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>> No. 6205 Anonymous
3rd November 2016
Thursday 10:37 pm
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I went to Reading and loved it. Close enough to the rural bits for bike rides and rowing while keeping fast train connection home to the smoke. Plus the careers centre and other student support services there are absolutely fantastic.
>> No. 6206 Anonymous
3rd November 2016
Thursday 11:34 pm
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>>6202
>in the sun

Not very useful when the undergrad year runs from late September to May-June is it though?
>> No. 6207 Anonymous
4th November 2016
Friday 12:29 am
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>>6206
Summer is the middle couple of weeks in October these days.
>> No. 6208 Anonymous
4th November 2016
Friday 10:12 am
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>>6204
Well English is full of little weird things that you just get used to and they only seem weird when you actually think about them. I doubt your example is a one off.
>> No. 6209 Anonymous
4th November 2016
Friday 11:32 am
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Using "off" in that way is particular to Britain, not English in general. There's quite a lengthy discussion to be found here:
http://www.eng-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=179067

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