is econometrics the hardest undergrad class i will ever take?

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  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Or maybe you just took state-school econometrics. [​IMG]

    University of Chicago metrics...
     
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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.
     
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    otc Senior member

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    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
     
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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.



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  5. MetroStyles

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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! [​IMG]

    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! [​IMG]

    Oh, snap!
     
  7. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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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.
     
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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.
     
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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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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.
     
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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 ....
     
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    The hardest I've taken is 20th century British & Irish poetry. [​IMG]
     
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    The hardest I've taken is 20th century British & Irish poetry. [​IMG]
    You'll disappoint me if you say you were sober for most of that class.
     
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    The hardest I've taken is 20th century British & Irish poetry. [​IMG]

    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.
     
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    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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