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PhD in hand

Postby skeptical scientist » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:44 am UTC

I am officially a math PhD, as of today. :D
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Don't worry, I won't ask to be addressed as "Dr. scientist." :P
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Izawwlgood » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:51 am UTC

Congrats!
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby AClockworkGreen » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:22 am UTC

Congratulations, Dr. Scientist!

You should crowdsource a reading of your thesis on the boards... I call acknowledgments.

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby mike-l » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:41 am UTC

Grats!
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby B.Good » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:43 am UTC

Congratulations, Dr. Math Scientist! If you don't mind sharing, what was the subject of your thesis?

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby MartianInvader » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:53 am UTC

Congratulations!

I second request for thesis information!
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby mdyrud » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:56 am UTC

Congratulations! My friend and I were talking about how much help you were whenever someone had a question. I figure now is an appropriate time to say thank you as well as congratulations.

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Dopefish » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:58 am UTC

Congrats, I got the feeling you were up there in terms of mathematical qualifications, and now I see you've got the paper to back it up.

*wonders if, as a non-math major, he would understand even one word of the thesis title, much less the content*

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Talith » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:59 am UTC

Congratulations! I trust 'The users of the math board on the xkcd (echochamber) fora' were acknowledged :).
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby undecim » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:03 am UTC

Congratulations!
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby The EGE » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:27 am UTC

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby z4lis » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:42 am UTC

Congrats, congrats!
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby B.Good » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:45 am UTC

Dopefish wrote:Congrats, I got the feeling you were up there in terms of mathematical qualifications, and now I see you've got the paper to back it up.

*wonders if, as a non-math major, he would understand even one word of the thesis title, much less the content*

Something tells me that no one except experts in his field or graduate mathematics students at best would be able to understand either the title or content. At least when I asked about the content of the Ph.D, I meant whether it was in analysis, topology, combinatorics, mathematical physics, etc.

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Blatm » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:37 am UTC

Congrats Skep. Can you tell us a bit about the journey?

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby skeptical scientist » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:52 am UTC

B.Good wrote:When I asked about the content of the Ph.D, I meant whether it was in analysis, topology, combinatorics, mathematical physics, etc.

Mathematical logic, particularly computability theory and effective randomness.
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Jyrki » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:22 am UTC

Congrats and welcome to the club!

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Qaanol » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:52 am UTC

Congratulations Dr. Skeptical.
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Quaternia » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:28 am UTC

Woooo! Congrats! Party time! ^^
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby bigglesworth » Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:13 am UTC

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Kurushimi » Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:56 am UTC

Oh, awesome. But wouldn't you have preferred a blackbelt instead?

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Ended » Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:27 pm UTC

Congratulations skeptical!
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Talith » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:06 pm UTC

Did the snake portion of your defence go well?

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby NathanielJ » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:23 pm UTC

Brilliant, congrats!
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Cleverbeans » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:39 pm UTC

Congrats! What's your next goal?
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Ivor Zozz » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:25 pm UTC

Congrats. :)
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Kirby » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:34 pm UTC

Congrats man!

I lurk on these boards far more often than I post (and whenever I do post, I tend to make a fool of myself :oops: ), but I've always found your posts to be particularly insightful. So, er, thanks, or something like that.

So what's your next step?

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby agelessdrifter » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:05 pm UTC

Very cool, congrats. Looking forward (a long way) to the day when I can make this thread.

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby skeptical scientist » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:45 pm UTC

Kirby wrote:So what's your next step?

I'm doing a postdoc in New Zealand.
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby ATCG » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:02 pm UTC

Congratulations on achieving a major milestone. It sounds like you are well on your way to further accomplishments.
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Izawwlgood » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:15 pm UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:
Kirby wrote:So what's your next step?

I'm doing a postdoc in New Zealand.

How do postdocs in math work? Is it a teaching position?
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Quaternia » Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:14 am UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:I'm doing a postdoc in New Zealand.

Nice! I met some people from there in logic. They have a strong program there from what they said. Will you continue to do work in logic?
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby tempest69 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:02 am UTC

Congratulations.

Your insights are wickedly spot-on. I would have been bummed to find out that you were an assistant soup dispenser repair person.

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby mr-mitch » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:12 am UTC

Congratulations, how long was your thesis?

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Qaanol » Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:55 am UTC

mr-mitch wrote:Congratulations, how long heavy was your thesis?

Fixed.
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby skeptical scientist » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:42 pm UTC

For those asking about my research, you can find my papers here.
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Adam Preston » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:15 am UTC

As someone currently in secondary school, looking at your papers, I feel awfully confused as I don't understand anything but the volcabulary, but I'm sure you did great :D
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby mike-l » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:55 am UTC

Adam Preston wrote:As someone currently in secondary school, looking at your papers, I feel awfully confused as I don't understand anything but the volcabulary, but I'm sure you did great :D


As someone who spent 4 years doing mathematical research, I can tell you I don't understand all that much more :)
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby dissonant » Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:57 am UTC

Congratulations Dr. Diamondstone! Haha, that title is pimpin'. *serious face* You are a real inspiration, to me and many others on this forum I am sure.

As you are now a PhD, can you point me in the direction of / explain this: (it piqued my interest)

One of the main themes in the theory of randomness has been studying the relationship between the randomness of a set of natural numbers, and its computational power. One surprising feature that has emerged is that this relationship is not linear, but rather follows something like a bell curve.

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Re: PhD in hand

Postby Yakk » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:00 pm UTC

Congratulations, Dr. Skeptical!

As a question: in the context of your research, what does "effective" mean?
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Re: PhD in hand

Postby skeptical scientist » Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:49 pm UTC

Yakk wrote:Congratulations, Dr. Skeptical!

As a question: in the context of your research, what does "effective" mean?

Effective methods are methods that can be done computably, or in some appropriate sense "close" to computably. It also modifies words like "randomness" or "dimension" to give "effective randomness" and "effective dimension." Something is effectively random if it appears random to effective algorithms, has effective dimension 1 if it appears 1-dimensional to effective algorithms, and so on.
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