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Mathematical Habit

Whenever I have to do proofs or understand a concept, I start with examples and generalize. As an aspiring mathematician, I have fears that it might hurt me, especially when we have so many ...
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Head hunters/job search sites for Mathematicians? [closed]

What are good job search sites, head hunter/recruiting agencies for mathematicians looking for industry jobs? If this question is not appropriate for the math stack exchange, please feel free to ...
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Finding his own path [closed]

I am a graduate student in major mathematics and now the time has come to choose a "specialization" (I have to choose 3 between 4 subjects). I like algebra a lot and I am also interested in ...
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Am I fit for higher studies/teaching in mathematics? [closed]

Let me begin with some background: I used to enjoy mathematics immensely in school, and wanted to pursue higher studies. However, everyone around me at that time told me it was a stupid area (that I ...
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Books on AI, programming, optimization

I'm studying math (just started) and I like programming as well (just started this too), is there a career or a branch of research including deep aspect of this two aspects? Is there someone among you ...
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Does it ever make sense NOT to go to the most prestigious graduate school you can get into? [closed]

I'm a senior undergrad at a top-ish(say, top 15) math school. I'm a solid, not stellar, student. This year I'm taking the qualifying exam grad courses in algebra and analysis and have been taken aback ...
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Not in school. Need some help planning my studies post-calculus & intro. abstract algebra.

OK, so I left school (wasn't failing or anything), but I still love math and want to go on with my studies. I want to, first and foremost, cover all the important topics a math education should ...
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Grad school & success in the long run

I am an undergraduate mathematics student at some university in Turkey. I am doing well in math classes. Actually, I did not study very hard in my freshmen year and I got not so high grades from ...
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Do mathematicians Switch Fields of Expertise?

I'm curious if it is common or quite rare for mathematicians to change their area of expertise, whether it be after their PHD or mid-career, how radical this change might be, whether it's often for ...
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Are there any common practices in mathematics to guard against mistakes?

It occurred to me that math is somewhat like programming (or vice-versa, if you prefer) because, in both, it is easy to make mistakes or overlook them, and the smallest error or misguided assumption ...
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Transitioning from Statistics to Pure Math at the PhD level [closed]

I was not sure if I should even post this question at this site because it is not directly related to mathematics, but rather, careers in mathematics. First of all, I have a B.S. in pure math. ...
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How difficult is it to get an academic job? [closed]

Like many others here, I hope to someday become a professor. I've heard that it's very, very difficult and competitive in pure math, and I thought I would come here to ask your opinions. For those of ...
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Is it possible to be a mathematician without being mathematically talented? [closed]

Apparently I'm not mathematically talented enough to be hired as a postdoc. Is there any way to earn a living while continuing to do mathematics I love (commutative algebra)? I don't like teaching or ...
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What about Genetic Algorithms from a mathematical point of view?

Last year I've attended an Artificial Intelligence course (it was very simple, just a summary of the main ideas); we've seen what a genetic algorithm is and the idea seems very interesting to me. Now ...
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Advice about a career interest in Mathematics [closed]

I am a graduate student and am into 2 years of PhD. My current specialization is in signal processing. During this period, in my spare time, i came up with an idea which seems to be a research ...