Jul 02 2009
I’ve been chugging along on it, which is why I haven’t been posting. I have successfully (in principle) completed my experiment. It feels good to shut off the noisy equipment.
I’ve begun the analysis, which is a bit time consuming. The time is up to the strength of the computer/amount of data there is to process. There is indeed a lot of data to process. We’re using Mathematica, which is interesting and a big learning process. I have novice skills with Mathematica, but I’ve never loaded data with it and tried to process stuff. My advisor has created some programs in Mathematica to ease the process, but going through someone’s code is difficult. Everyone has their own lingo and inherit understanding. My advisor, unlike me, tends to not declare variables outside the functions (just straight up puts the numbers in and remembers to change them accordingly) and comment. I find it challenging to figure it out and then modify it for my ease.
I’m really working on hustling this out. Since my advisor goes on vacation soon, I want to ship him out with a first draft of my thesis. With him gone for 2 weeks, I figure I can take a break. Also, he may (I don’t know how much work he plans on doing during his vacation) be able to send corrections to me via email. Besides completing data analysis (should be finished with a lot of it on Sunday), I’m a bit held up with the theory section. I like using original papers, because sometimes books write in a way that I’m not sure if the idea is from the book’s author or the famous paper the book’s author is writing about. Unfortunately, the original papers are often in foreign languages and the translated ones are hard to get (not available via Google Scholar).
I’ll hopefully be able to write some more, but right now, my life is mainly my thesis, teaching, job hunting. I’ve been able to fit in the occasional break