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Old 08-22-2016, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by nonlnear View Post
Maybe I'm overfitting or a curmudgeon or something, but to me an MS in mathematics is much stranger than an MS in statistics. Unless the MS in mathematics came from a PhD dropout who left for a good opportunity I would wonder about anyone with an MS in mathematics in ways I don't necessarily wonder about someone with an MS in statistics. And if someone is doing exam P after an MS in math, it's unlikely they left for a better opportunity...
You make a reasonable point... I don't know why this person got a masters.

In addition to dropping out of a PhD program for a better opportunity, there's also dropping out of a PhD program because you either can't hack it, or just don't want to hack it any more.
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