Phil 10.17.17

6:30 – 11:30 ASRC MKT

  • Google’s AI can create better machine-learning code than the researchers who made it, based on this from Google’s research blogUsing Machine Learning to Explore Neural Network Architecture
  • Working on review – done!
  • What examiners do: what thesis students should
    know The advice for thesis students is: first, treat your examiners as friends who want you to pass, and write calmly without agonizing about getting it perfect. Aim to make your thesis reader-friendly, and do a thorough proofread to remove distracting errors. Identify the field(s) you will contribute to, and make your thesis interesting and convincing for examiners from this field. Write a draft, get feedback and use this to improve your thesis. Help your examiners to follow your train of thought: explain what you are doing and why, especially if your thesis differs from what they would expect. Convince your examiners that you have a sound interpretation of the literature, an important topic and an appropriate method, and that your conclusions make a significant, publishable contribution to your field. When you have submitted, expect lots of examiner comments, most of which can help you improve.

    • Thesis examiners tend to:
      (1) be broadly consistent
      (2) expect a thesis to pass
      (3) judge a thesis by the end of the first or second chapter
      (4) read a thesis as an academic reader and as a normal reader
      (5) be irritated and distracted by presentation errors
      (6) favor a coherent thesis
      (7) favor a thesis that engages with the literature
      (8) favour a thesis with a convincing approach
      (9) favour a thesis that engages with the findings
      (10) require a thesis to be publishable
      (11) give summative and formative feedback