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Why I do a PhD and What it is about

Because I just started writing, I feel the need to do some explaining. In this case, as I mentioned, I’m doing a PhD. Let me explain where and why. If you are considering doing a PhD this and other related posts might be useful. It’s a fun enterprise but it can definitely be a bit franctinc

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Becoming interested in Probabilities

Recently, someone taught me some interesting concepts about pdfs and CDFs, namely regarding how to match the data to different theoretical distributions and test whether they are a match. This was interesting because while I’ve been quite familiar with those aspects of statistics, I’ve never really spent much time studying or researching them or through them. It’s always been in the background, informing the Confidence Tests and I remember looking at it in more detail when I did the pre-sessional statistics course prior to starting my masters, but really, it’s never something I spent much time thinking about.

That was until recently, when probabilities kind of .crawled their way to the forefront of my interest. As it turns out 5 things conspired to bring this about:

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What this is all about

After  sitting on this website for 3 months (+/-) , I’ve decided to follow the same principle I set for myself at Place du Luxembourg: Try to post at least once a week.

The tone will be much more relaxed here than on that website. I’m basically going to use this website as a repository of general thoughts that are not particularly relevant to that other website. My idea was transfer the clutter onto this website. Moreover, I’ve also come to realise that I’m stocking up more and more matlab files as I move on  to more sophisticated and detailed analysis, which I figure I can put here.

I’m going to use the other website to continue to comment on Europe and this one for everything else, including my PhD research,  any tangential quantitative analysis I may do and some thought that might occur to me while I’m doing whatever activity I’m paid to do (these days it’s writing research Briefs for the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development and Economic Research UNU WIDER and teaching seminars on introduction to economic analysis and international economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies).

So there you go! Now you (and I) know what this is all about and I’ve finally posted something here.