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Or maybe you just took state-school econometrics.

University of Chicago metrics...
post #32 of 90
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Depends on what you are majoring in. If its economics (and I am assuming it is if you are taking econometrics), chances are no, it won't be the hardest undergraduate class you take.

+1000. As an undergraduate, probably the hardest class I had was Quantum Mechanics because it is really important to get a good teacher - you have to learn to think very differently from classical mechanics and my instructor wasn't very good.

In grad school, as a EE major, the hardest classes I took were Solid State Physics II and Electromagnetics using J.D. Jackson as the text. It is one of those things like being in military combat - it is not easy to describe how tough it is but everyone who has done it will nod in agreement.
post #33 of 90
Some of the assignments in Computer Systems were really hard but they were designed that way (binary logic puzzles) or just very new/different material with little outside resources (assignments involving decompiling/assembly code insertion/buffer overflows).

You can really do some crazy shit with pointers
post #34 of 90
Theoretical or applied?

I have nothing kind to say about theoretical econometrics but liked my applied 'metrics course. They were also doctoral, not undergrad.

This is what I remember about theoretical 'metrics: the delta method. Mind you, not what it is, just the name. On the other hand, I seem to remember enough about applied 'metrics to worry when I see regression results--sometimes things just feel wrong. And then I can figure it out.

But you could try Game Theory. It can be very hard. Or really easy.



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post #35 of 90
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University of Chicago metrics...

Ah makes sense. I was thinking more along lines of Ivy League econometrics. Makes sense that it was a little easier for you!

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Theoretical or applied?

I have nothing kind to say about theoretical econometrics but liked my applied 'metrics course. They were also doctoral, not undergrad.

This is what I remember about theoretical 'metrics: the delta method. Mind you, not what it is, just the name. On the other hand, I seem to remember enough about applied 'metrics to worry when I see regression results--sometimes things just feel wrong. And then I can figure it out.

But you could try Game Theory. It can be very hard. Or really easy.

True. Applied econometrics is reasonable; the theory makes me vomit.
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Ah makes sense. I was thinking more along lines of Ivy League econometrics. Makes sense that it was a little easier for you!

Oh, snap!
post #37 of 90
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But you could try Game Theory. It can be very hard. Or really easy.
I hated game theory. Hated it with an absolute passion. I think I lasted three weeks in that class. Oh, I never took econometrics in school, because I have an unnatural hatred for statistics.
post #38 of 90
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I hated game theory. Hated it with an absolute passion. I think I lasted three weeks in that class.

I think that might depend on the Prof. I, for one, loved Game Theory in my Industrial Organization class. It had the flavor of Freakonomics.
post #39 of 90
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I think that might depend on the Prof. I, for one, loved Game Theory in my Industrial Organization class. It had the flavor of Freakonomics.
I actually like the subject, I just hated the class, so you are probably right as to why.
post #40 of 90
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I actually like the subject, I just hated the class, so you are probably right as to why.
The last econs class I took in undergrad studies was Developmental Economics. It had all the makings of a really interesting course and subject, but the lecturer was just horrible and put me of the entire field for at least 10 years. Actually, I almost wish I hadn't had so many good history lecturers ....
post #41 of 90
The hardest I've taken is 20th century British & Irish poetry.
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The hardest I've taken is 20th century British & Irish poetry.
You'll disappoint me if you say you were sober for most of that class.
post #43 of 90
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The hardest I've taken is 20th century British & Irish poetry.

No shame there. Were I required to take that class, I'd think the same. I detest high volumes of coerced reading; Intro to Comparative Lit is one of my worse college experience.
post #44 of 90
All of my econ classes were easy for me. It was the classes outside of my major I did bad in...probably because they required attendance.
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No shame there. Were I required to take that class, I'd think the same. I detest high volumes of coerced reading; Intro to Comparative Lit is one of my worse college experience.

I got my second worst grade in undergrad in a comparative literature class. The Prof was an uppity tool, and I thought the subject--the comparative study of the nature of Evil in literature--was a fucking colossal waste of my time.
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