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Now that I’m not scared to look at my responses…  This one doesn’t look so bad, so I’m sharing.  Please do keep in mind that this was written in 2 hours, by a tired person, with tired fingers! — Christina K. Pikas Comps Information Retrieval (Minor) July 20, 2009 Question F2: Design an information retrieval…

Comps day 4

This was the last day of comps – it’s up to waiting for the results. The essays were emailed out to the readers immediately at 4pm when I finished. This day’s questions were much more attractive. First exam was Information Retrieval – a minor area. I had to pick one of three: – something about…

Comps day 3

Sigh. TGIF and TG I have 2 days free before the next 2.  I really felt like I was very, very familiar with these articles but I had a really hard time. I think when I look back on my response, I’ll see it really wanders and doesn’t make a good case. Here are the…

Comps day 2

So this was the dreaded STS. Crap. Good questions, but really, really not sure about my answers.  I did have the guts to shush people talking loudly outside the door and they gave me dirty looks. Oh well! Q 1 choice between: – relationship btwn science – technology – society. specifically, relationship btwn science and…

Comps day 1

Communication, a major area, so 4 hours to write 2 essays, in a row, without a break. (sure I could get up and get water, etc., but I didn’t want to waste time). I got there pretty early, which was good. First thing, had to get someone to open the door. The student worker at…

This is the final in my practice essays before taking the real comps test in the end of July.  I need to correct the record, though. Apparently although all of these questions came from my advisor, he didn’t write them all. These were ones proposed by committee members and rejected for inclusion in the exam.…

This post serves a few purposes.  First, Bill Hooker questioned Crotty’s assertion about the importance of patents to university researchers [*]. Bill also posted a nice summary of AUTM’s statistics (later in DrugMonkey’s comment stream there were other discussions of biotech spinoffs).  There are certainly some patents that could make you obscenely wealthy, but these…

This is the 5th of the test essays in preparation for comps.  This question was posed by my advisor.  I opened it and went, “wow.” It’s sort of like the perfect storm of question.  When I first finished it, I thought I did really well, but now it seems less than completely satisfying.  So here’s…

Last set of comps readings, I talked about sense of community: belonging, having influence, fulfillment of needs, and emotional support.  Now, let’s talk about the physics version of “community” – cohesive subgroups.  In a graph, these are groups of nodes in a graph that are more connected to each other than to other parts of…

Sunday morning I was all set to do another essay – just had to pick a question source and question – when my mother in law called to say she would be stopping by at about the same time I would be finishing up the 2 hour window, leaving no time for emergency house cleaning…