13 August 2008

Bonferroni Corrections

I have to say that this summer is rather weird. It is raining almost every other day. It is not hot at all, and so the patterns are rather bizarre.

Anyway, if this means a cooler summer, then I am all for it.

In other topics, I have been busy in my office, revising my draft. I am more than half-way through, and hopefully I can produce a fourth draft by next week, so I can give it to my second and third readers. Once they give me comments, then I can file it to the department office and be done with this requirement.

Now that I will be done with this requirement, I am thinking of getting an intermediate master's degree with it. I am in the doctoral program, which means that I was admitted with a bachelor's degree, and I will be awarded a doctoral degree once I am done with this program. This also means that I am doing the work of a master's curriculum and a doctoral curriculum at the same time, in one shot. No need to re-apply.

However, I thought that it would be more advisable to get an intermediate master's degree as I finish my coursework and work on my dissertation. The reason for this is that this is an additional credential that I can put in my CV and would possibly aid me in supporting myself during the time in which I don't have a stable job yet. And since I will have fulfilled the requirements for a master's once I finish the qualifying paper, I might as well submit the paperwork and apply for a degree.

In the meantime, I have to revise this qualifying paper. The good thing is that I don't have major revisions, unlike before. I suppose the most major one in this version is adding a Bonferroni correction, due to the fact that my hypotheses-tests were rather plentiful and dealing with the same set of data. Thus, to be on the safe side, I increased the critical value by applying the Bonferroni correction, thus making my judgments more conservative. Still, they all are significant.

I have a few remaining stuff that I need to do in the house today. And I am thinking of finishing them all by tonight since I was informed that my new roommate is already on his way. He called me saying that he would be around early tomorrow morning, driving all the way from the middle of the continent to the Northeast.

(Full Palette, from my Letchworth Park Series)


  1. Shitty weather here too, it has been raining everyday for as far as I can remember. I hope winter won't be too early this year...

    I envy you for being a student. I tried to take a course this fall (hoping to finish my master sometimes) but I wasn't allowed to... long - unfair - story.

  2. Zhu,

    Regarding the weather, now it is surprisingly sunny. Totally unpredictable I suppose.

    And yes, I suppose being a student is easier life compared to others. But it has its own share of worries. Right now, my goal is to finish within 2 years and get it over with.