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Deciphering Academic Talk

 
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Deciphering Academic Talk
« on: October 31, 2008, 10:36:23 AM »



"It has long been known" = I didn't look up the original reference.

"A definite trend is evident" = These data are practically meaningless.

"While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to the questions" = An unsuccessful experiment, but I still hope to get it published.

"Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study" = The other results didn't make any sense.

"Typical results are shown" = This is the prettiest graph.

"These results will be in a subsequent report" = I might get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded.

"In my experience" = once.

"In case after case" = twice.

"In a series of cases" = thrice.

"It is believed that" = I think.

"It is generally believed that" = A couple of others think so, too.

"Correct within an order of magnitude" = Wrong.

"According to statistical analysis" = Rumor has it.

"A statistically oriented projection of the significance of these findings" = A wild guess.

"A careful analysis of obtainable data" = Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a glass of pop.

"It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding of this phenomenon occurs"= I don't understand it.

"After additional study by my colleagues"= They don't understand it either.

"Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to Cindy Adams for valuable discussions" = Mr. Blotz did the work and Ms. Adams explained to me what it meant.

"A highly significant area for exploratory study" = A totally useless topic selected by my committee.

"It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigation in this field" = I quit.
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Re: Deciphering Academic Talk
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2008, 02:24:37 PM »

It all makes sense now.
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Re: Deciphering Academic Talk
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2008, 02:28:31 PM »

Waaay back in the Middle Ages, and I was still in college, I was co-author on a published psychological experiment.  I did 95& of the work and the professor got the lead authorship. Shocked
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Re: Deciphering Academic Talk
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2008, 02:45:30 PM »

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