CHAPTER 3

Getting Started: Finding New Ideas and Organizing Your Plans

Let us start from the very beginning of the journey: the first year of your Ph.D. study when you will probably take graduate courses, and maybe a comprehensive exam (or Ph.D. qualification exam). We will focus on issues related to your research, and show you how to start doing research in the first and second years.

3.1   YOUR FIRST YEAR

You should begin your Ph.D. (and Master’s) study by taking several broad, graduate-level courses that are related to your future research, especially courses taught by your supervisor. For example, if your research direction is machine learning, then courses such as Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Statistical Learning are highly relevant. ...

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