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Dissertating 13 January 11, 2009

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Academically Speaking.
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The most recent developments in my ongoing dissertation are as follows:

  • Received word recently from my adviser that the proposal looks promising, so I’m now working on making some improvements before vetting it through the other faculty members who’ll be my readers and thereafter scheduling the requisite presentation. If all goes well, I’m looking at presenting the proposal in April or May.
  • Submitted a similar draft to the Central Bank for their remittance conference in late March. Will receive feedback by the end of January.
  • Was disappointed to learn that neither Blogger nor WordPress can host my R code or workspaces. The simplest workaround would be to save them as .doc or .pdf files, but I was hoping I could preserve the original R format. As soon as I figure something out, I’ll begin to post some of my working documents here.
  • Realized that my formatted data was off by a scale of 100 (i.e. two decimal places). Such are the perils of working with different databases and currencies. Fortunately, this oversight only affects the scale of my preliminary results (though I feel like an idiot, nonetheless).
  • So there it is. While I remain guardedly optimistic — with emphasis on both “guarded” and “optimistic” — all in all this is a good start to another year of dissertating.

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