Ph.D Interview

Today I had a Ph.D. interview after long consideration. The thing was I got too stressed for the last couple of days, so the interview happened to be a chance to vent my anger. I wore a casual polo shirt and cotton pants instead of dressing up, partly because I didn’t have a suit that fits me, but mainly for my little protest against the professors who would be against my clothes. (What?? Why so aggressive? But really, I was curious how they would respond to my clothes.) I also tried to loosen the tense during the interview by having informal conversations with the interviewers. I wanted to see if this would be any good.

While I was looking back on the interview afterwards, at some points I was not balanced and my behaviors were too much. I feel sorry for some professors, especially, Prof. Junehwa Song for my not-very-thoughtful words and inappropriate attitudes for the interview in which I probably should’ve been more serious and humble. I appreciate the comments from many professors.

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Ph.D Interview

Why Priors Matter

The conclusion of this paper is that it is best to use an asymmetric alpha and a symmetric beta. I love its interpretation. “An asymmetric Dirichlet prior over theta serves to share commonalities across documents and a symmetric Dirichlet prior over phi serves to avoid conflicts between topics.”

Why Priors Matter