State of the thesis

2007-04-11

in Daily updates, M.Phil thesis, Oxford

Some figures, for the curious:

Chapter title
Words – including footnotes – target (footnotes included)
Subjective sense of completion

1) Introduction (version 1-1)
5257 – 6271 – 4500, 40% over
80%, some material must be shifted to later chapters

2) Problem identification and investigation (v. 2-1)
7199 – 8502 – 7000, 21% over
80%, moderate editing required

3) Consensus formation in science and politics (v. 0-6)
5108 – 5735 – 7000, 18% under
70%, sections to fill in and editing required

4) Remedy design (v. 0-7)
4581 – 5252 – 7000, 25% under
60%, sections to fill in and editing required

5) Conclusions (v. 0-2)
1663 – 1842 – 4500, 60% under
40%, lessons from chapter 2-4 need to be distilled

Total:
23,808 – 27,602 – 30,000, 8% under
75%

Days left until submission: 7
Times I have listed to Dvorak’s 9th symphony consecutively today: 4
You can get your own copy here. It goes well with thesis writing.

See also: latest structure (PDF) for the three substantive chapters.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Milan April 11, 2007 at 4:50 pm

This is very true, though one grows skeptical of rhetoric, no matter how well crafted it may be.

R.K. April 11, 2007 at 3:38 pm

When you give yourself a bit of a break, have a look at this video of Barack Obama. The contrast between his speaking ability and those of the current president is astonishing.

Ben April 11, 2007 at 9:05 pm

I make it your targets add up to 31,000…

Milan April 12, 2007 at 12:20 am

Ben,

Right you are. Things have been adjusted accordingly.

Ben April 12, 2007 at 9:06 am

I’m told some people who are a bit over just lie. Not that I’d recommend such, of course.

Milan April 12, 2007 at 1:21 pm

The clever thing to do would be to render a few pages as an image file, then paste it into the document.

Even if they requested a digital copy and checked the word count, their numbers would still match yours… hypothetically, of course.

Ben April 12, 2007 at 4:11 pm

I’d never have thought of anything so clever. I’d just have inserted white letters instead of spaces…

Anonymous April 15, 2007 at 7:22 pm

Ben,

That sounds like a lot less trouble, and may be easier to explain if you are caught doing it.

Milan April 16, 2007 at 4:09 pm

Problem identification and investigation (v. 2-5)
6318 – 7468 – 7000, 7% over
95%, virtually finished

Milan April 18, 2007 at 12:06 am

Here are the latest figures.

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