Wednesday, October 20, 2004
All My Dreams Haunted
So it turns out the miracle cure to my strange results, the correction of a significant processing flaw and subsequent re-analysis, has failed to materialise. My current batch of results are a little better in some aspects, but overall they are still just as strange, and equally difficult to explain.
I just hope things get better when I start combining the different sets of results I have. I mean, I can discount a lot of the strangeness as mistakes, but some of it is going to take real effort to deal with.
Not that my progress is as good as it used to be. I was doing so well, for so long, but this whole having to earn a crust thing really takes it out of you. If only there were some great blogging benefactor willing to pay me to just continue with my PhD. Or maybe give me the winning lottery numbers.
In other news, I'm helping an undergraduate with his project, which will in turn help me with my research. In some way. Probably. He is interested in emotion in text, and we are going to use small snippets from my blog corpus. I have, of course, asked my data suppliers for permission to use their text, which will of course be completely anonymised, and so far things are looking good. Everyone seems fairly keen to be able to help out in further academic work. Hopefully as it is an undergraduate project, there whole thing should be done and dusted within the next 8 months or so, so look out for details around here somewhere. Heck, for being of the project, I may even get credit on any publications.
Of course, helping takes more time out of my PhD research, but since my supervisor is his supervisor, I'm sure he understands.