Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

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Zetetic
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Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby Zetetic » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:22 pm

I'm a math major, and I did not do so well on the Math subject GRE. I'm applying to stats programs so it isn't a total wash, but it might be good to know, if anyone has some insight, which schools stand out as not emphasizing the GRE subject test and which do. I know that Stanford seems to (boasting an average 83%ile on the subject test), but are there other places I should avoid? Do most stats programs view the Math subject test as a nice bonus, but generally tangential to a solid application?

If it helps, my main interest is in nonparametric and semi-parametric Bayesian data analysis and statistical learning. I'm also interested in non-parametric modelling of point processes and applications of this to computational neuroscience.

Here is a list of schools I'm interested in for statistics:

Ohio State
CMU Statistics/machine learning (where I really want to go, but likely have no chance- will apply either way)
U Michigan Ann arbor
Cornell
UC Davis
UCLA
Texas A&M
Penn State
NC State

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby dasgut » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:26 pm

Chicago, Columbia, and Harvard definitely like the subject exam and I think Yale cares about it too.

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby Zetetic » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:50 pm

dasgut wrote:Chicago, Columbia, and Harvard definitely like the subject exam and I think Yale cares about it too.


Ok, good to know about Yale. I was on the fence about applying to them already, so since I have a lot of programs I think I'll avoid the cost of applying.

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby dasgut » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:02 pm

Ha! Now I feel bad about decreasing the amount of competition, lol.

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby Zetetic » Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:52 pm

dasgut wrote:Ha! Now I feel bad about decreasing the amount of competition, lol.


Eh, I don't think we had a lot of overlap in programs anyway. :)

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby dasgut » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:52 pm

We share Michigan tangentially! I'm applying to AIM there and I'll specialize in probability. If you don't go to CMU what's your next choice?

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby fernstyle » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:52 am

On that note, how high should your math gre subject score be to justify sending it to schools that don't require it (but still have it recommended)?

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby dasgut » Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:03 pm

A friend of mine, who has the same score I do, asked Harvard if his score met their "extremely well" standard. They said it did. FWIW it's 840 (89%).

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby ANDS » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:23 pm

Zetetic wrote:I'm a math major, and I did not do so well on the Math subject GRE. I'm applying to stats programs so it isn't a total wash, but it might be good to know, if anyone has some insight, which schools stand out as not emphasizing the GRE subject test and which do. I know that Stanford seems to (boasting an average 83%ile on the subject test), but are there other places I should avoid? Do most stats programs view the Math subject test as a nice bonus, but generally tangential to a solid application?

If it helps, my main interest is in nonparametric and semi-parametric Bayesian data analysis and statistical learning. I'm also interested in non-parametric modelling of point processes and applications of this to computational neuroscience.

Here is a list of schools I'm interested in for statistics:

Ohio State
CMU Statistics/machine learning (where I really want to go, but likely have no chance- will apply either way)
U Michigan Ann arbor
Cornell
UC Davis
UCLA
Texas A&M
Penn State
NC State


The MAJORITY of schools do not care about the Math GRE; the calculus is obviously crucial, but about the only non-calculus parts of the other half they'd be interested in are the analysis and prob. questions - which there aren't many of. So it's unsurprising that many schools don't particularly care that you know your Algebra or basic Topology. All the schools you listed do not have a requirement for the Subject GRE. I'd ask each of the Grad advisers what they would consider a score worth including.

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby Zetetic » Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:36 pm

ANDS wrote:The MAJORITY of schools do not care about the Math GRE; the calculus is obviously crucial, but about the only non-calculus parts of the other half they'd be interested in are the analysis and prob. questions - which there aren't many of. So it's unsurprising that many schools don't particularly care that you know your Algebra or basic Topology. All the schools you listed do not have a requirement for the Subject GRE. I'd ask each of the Grad advisers what they would consider a score worth including.


Thanks, that sounds like a solid approach.

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Re: Statistics Dept. that care the least about Subject GRE?

Postby Zetetic » Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:37 pm

dasgut wrote:We share Michigan tangentially! I'm applying to AIM there and I'll specialize in probability. If you don't go to CMU what's your next choice?

Michigan has a pretty great looking program, but I'm honestly not sure. I'm torn between a few places atm, assuming I get into one of them.




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