Passing time in my Masters Study and Research
Some people ask me why I’m absent in Facebook app development tutorial writing? There are actually several reasons behind it. Firstly I retired active Facebook app developing for last 1 year. Then I involved myself for iPhone application development specially in last year along with freelance web development. And beginning of this year I’ve started my Masters study by research. So today I’m going to share my experience and thoughts in last 3 months of my study and research.
Officially I’ve started my M.Sc in 26th April, 2012 in Multimedia University (MMU) Melaka Campus. I got a research fund in the faculty of information science & technology to pursue my study. My research and study mainly focused on health information technology. Where my major is data mining specially web data mining.
Actually academic things are quite different from professional things. I think academic people think differently than what we think in professional life. My supervisor is actually American by citizenship American + Australian. He is highly experienced, PhD holder, very kind and friendly. He guides me to think academic way. Before my masters study I never know how to write thesis paper, because in my bachelor study my friend and me developed a project in our last year and wrote a paper about that. But to write academic thesis paper there are some rules that I learned in these days. The interesting thing is that, to write something and reference something in thesis paper I’ve to read books, journal, conference papers and sometimes websites information. So reading and understanding is one major part in post-graduate research.
In these days I’ve read many books and journal papers related to health information technology. Now a days I’m studying data mining. In my career, I wrote some PHP scripts/crawlers to grab data from website. So in my research project I’ve also do something similar, but in different way, where I’ve to explore best way to gather information for our project needs.
I read blogs mainly in my iPad. I also read many books in my iPad, but honestly said still paper book is much easier to read, understand and comfortable. So to study more about data mining, yesterday I ordered 3 books from amazon.com. I’ve a PDF version of one of these books, but really I hardly need the paper version. May be if you are interested in data mining research, these books might be helpful for you.
If you know better resource, books or journal links you can share with me as comments. To find papers scholar.google.com is very helpful. Also IEEE Xplore Digital Library helped me lots to find quality journal and conference papers. But you must have to pay them for registering and accessing. But the good thing is, if you’re student of any reputed university you can get auto access from your campus. Because university pay them.
So far, sometimes I become confuse after meeting with my professor, but later I understand better than previous. Now I think teachers think more differently than we think, and that actually helps us to think more differently.
If you are really interested to research, you should join in post-graduate study where you will get the opportunity to do more research. And if you’re from professional career like me (I completed my Bachelor in 2008 and worked for different companies, freelance, self-employed until 2012) then this will bring some different tastes in life. But if you do Masters you should select Masters by Research, not Masters by Course, because in research you’ve the opportunity to explore more.