Sunday, March 22, 2009

I'm an Idiot

I use *nix as an OS.

In *nix, there is a utility called wc (word count).

It provides number of lines, words, and characters in a given document or set of documents.

I looked at the wrong column for my thesis. I do not have 42K words. I have 6370.

Oops. I suppose that makes a lot more sense. Now I question my own sniff test skills - DUH. What was I thinking?

5 comments:

Professor in Training said...

Does it really matter how many words are in your thesis? FWIW, my thesis contained 4 individual studies and was still only 25K words (not including references) - the whole thing was 120 pages long. The maximum for our grad school was 80K words.

PhizzleDizzle said...

It doesn't matter - I would actually like it as short as possible (brevity is harder then length!). I just feel silly that I thought I had written 42K words when a sniff test should have shown me that was impossible, and that I was 7x off. Silly me!

Nicky said...

I'm actually relieved! I've written large chunks of mine, and I'm around 8K, and that took me a looooong time, so I've been sitting here thinking that you've been writing amazingly fast. (You're still fast -- you've knocked out 6K really quickly -- but I'm not feeling totally inferior anymore!)

The lab pixie said...

Don't worry about number of words! What's important is that you are actually getting any words written consistently!

I have to say, I agree with Nicky! I hadn't been looking at # words until you posted when you were around the 30 K mark. I looked at my own then and decided you were wonder woman for getting that amount written!

You're still wonder woman-anyone completeing a PhD is!

Jazinator said...

So is this a Thesis or a Dissertation? I have no clue how many words my thesis was because it didn't matter. Just so long as I got my point across. My fiction novel is another matter where they prefer fiction novels to be about 100,000 words (I believe).