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Successful Essays Statement of Purpose (SOPs) AdmissonSync

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PostedonJuly26,2007byadmissionsource NOTE: Myadvice [1]HavealookatsomeoftheseEssays(SOPs) [2]Whenitstimetowriteyouressay,doityourself.Donotlookatotheressaysnorcopythem. [3]HavingmadeadrafttakealookatasmanySOPsasyoucan.Borrowpointswhichyouthink aregood.Howeveruseyourownlanguage. [4]YourSOPneednotbetoolong.SOPsshouldbedirectandtothepoint. [5]ASOPMUSTBEORIGINAL.

Statement of Purpose 1IamapplyingtoStanfordforadmissiontothePh.D.programinComputerScience.Iaminterested inTheoreticalComputerScience,particularlyintheDesignandAnalysisofApproximation Algorithms,CombinatoryandComplexityTheory. MyinterestinMathematicsgoesbacktothetimeIwasatschool.Thisinteresthasonlygrown throughmyyearsinschoolandhighschool,asIhavelearntmoreandmoreaboutthesubject. HavingrepresentedIndiaattheInternationalMathematicalOlympiadsontwooccasions,Ihave beenexposedtoelementsofDiscreteMathematics,particularlyCombinatoryandGraphTheory, outsidetheregularschoolcurriculumatanearlystage.Theintensivetrainingprogramswewere putthroughfortheOlympiadshavegivenmealotofcondenceindealingwithabstract mathematicalproblems. MyexposuretoComputerSciencebeganafterIenteredthe****.Theexcellentfacilities,coursesand facultyhavegivenmearmbackgroundofthefundamentalsinComputerScience.Havingbeen exposedtothevariousfacetsofComputerScienceinthecourseofmyundergraduatestudies,I havefoundTheoreticalComputerSciencemostintellectuallysatisfyingandstimulating.Courses

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like`DiscreteStructures,`DataStructuresandAlgorithms,TheoryofComputationand AlgorithmsandComplexityhavebeenmyrmfavorites.IndtheproblemsinTheoretical ComputerScienceparticularlyappealingbecauseoftheavorofabstractmathematicsthatIloveso much.Atthesametime,theproblemsinthiseldhaveaconcretebasis,originatingfrompractical problemsinComputerScience.Thisaddstotheirappeal. Recently,alotofexcitingdevelopmentshavetakenplaceintheeldofapproximationalgorithms. TheMarkovchainapproachandtheprimal/dualapproachhaveemergedaspowerfultechniques forthedevelopmentofapproximationalgorithms.Morerecently,semideniteprogramminghas beenusedtoobtainapproximationalgorithmsforOptimizationproblems.Aninteresting connectionwithresultsinInteractiveProofSystemshasyieldedlowerboundsonthe approximabilityofvariousproblems.Ibelievethatthesemethodshavealotofpotential.Members ofthefacultyatStanfordhavedonealotofthepioneeringworkintheseareas.Prof.YYYhasbeen involvedintheworkonInteractiveProofSystemsandsemideniteprogramming.Ihaveread abouttheseresultsinthecourseofmyseminar(JuniorThesis),mysummertrainingattheTata InstituteofFundamentalResearch(TIFR),Bombay,andmyB.Tech.Project(SeniorThesis).Ind themveryfascinatingandintendtoworkwithproblemsofasimilaravor. IamconvincedthatIshouldpursueacareerinresearchandteaching.Forme,problemsolvingis anexhilaratingexperience,unequaledbyanythingelse.Itwouldbeimmenselygratifyingformeto beabletocontributesomethingtotheunderstandingofasubjectthathasgivenmesomuch pleasureandjoy.Itwouldalsobewonderfultohavetheopportunitytosharewithothersthat feelingofpleasureandjoy,throughteaching.Myfewexperienceswithteaching,asatutorforan undergraduatecourseandasalecturerinstudentworkshops,haveevokedfavorableresponses andhavebeenthoroughlyenjoyable.IbelievethatIhavethecapacitytomakethecommitmentand acceptthechallengesthatacareerinresearchinvolves.IamcondentthatIhavetherequisite aptitude,exposureandmotivationtomakeameaningfulcontributiontomychoseneld. MysummertrainingatTIFRhasgivenmetheexperienceofworkinginanorganizationoriented towardsresearch.InthecourseofthetwomonthsIspentthere,myinteractionwiththeTheoretical ComputerSciencegrouphastaughtmealotofthingsandalsowhetsmyappetiteformore knowledge.Irealizehowimportantitis,asaresearcher,tointeractwithotherpeopleworkingin thesameeld,andatthesametime,amabletoworkindividually. Agoodresearchcareercanonlybebuiltabovethermfoundationofagoodeducation.Withmy longtermgoalinmind,myimmediateobjectiveistoworktowardsaPh.D.inComputerScience. Havingdonemyundergraduatestudiesatundoubtedlyoneofthebestundergraduateinstitutions inIndia,IwouldconsideritmyprivilegetobeabletopursuemydoctoralstudiesatStanfordand availoftheexcellentinfrastructurefacilitiesandresearchopportunitiesithastooer.Iamsurethat thestimulatingacademicenvironmentandinteractionwiththedistinguishedfacultyatStanford willproveimmenselyfruitfulandfacilitatemydevelopmentasanindividualResearcherinmy eld.IfeelthatStanfordhasalottooerme,andatthesametime,IamcondentthatIwouldbe abletomakeapositivecontributiontoongoingresearchworkatStanfordUniversity. HavingdecidedthatIwillengageinthepursuitofacareerinresearch,Iamfullyawareofthe implications.Iamawareofthekindofdedication,resilienceandresolvethatitcallsfor.IfeelthatI amadequatelyprepared,bothinhavingthetechnicalqualications,andinhavingtheright mindsetfordoctorallevelResearchwork.Ilookforwardtoalongandmutuallybenecial relationshipwithStanfordUniversity.2 of 40

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MyobjectiveforgraduatestudiesinComputerScienceistopreparemyselfforthelongtermgoal ofpursuingacareerofteachingandresearch.Ihavenurturedastrongpassiontobecomeascientist andpursueresearch.InthepursuitofKnowledge,Ihavealwaysadoptedarigorousapproachin ordertoattainanindepthunderstandingofthesubjectathand.Thishasamplyreectedinmy consistentlybrilliantcareer,alwaystoppingtheclassandhavingreceivednumerousnationallevel awards.WithaGPAof9.72,Iamrankedrstatthe***amongnearly350students. Ihavebeeninvolvedinresearchinparallelanddistributedcomputingsystems.Istudiedvarious problemsindistributedsystemsanddistributeddatabasesincludingdeadlockdetectionand resolution,terminationdetection,distributedsnapshotsandconsistency.Ihavebeenattracted towardstheeldofcorrectnessofparallelprograms.IpublishedaTechnicalReportreporting errorsintwopublisheddeadlockdetectionalgorithmsandhighlighttheirunderlyingdeciencies withrespecttothedistributednatureofcomputation.Iamalsoinvolvedinthedevelopmentofan optimizergenerator,whichwouldautomatetheprocessofwritingoptimizersbasedonthe specicationsoftheoptimizations.Iamcurrentlyengagedinwritingapaperonanecient algorithmforperformingglobaldataowanalysis.ThenewalgorithmthatIhavedeveloped utilizesthenotionofbackwardinformationowtoperformpropagationusingworklistsinan ecientmanner.IhavebeenincorrespondencewithProf.yyyyaboutmyalgorithmandother aspectsoftheproblem. IhavechosentopursuegraduatestudiesatStanfordUniversitybecausebyworkingunderthe guidanceofthedistinguishedresearchersIamcondentofmakinganoriginalcontributioninthe eldofComputerScience.Myinterestinresearchhasburgeonedduringmyundergraduatestudies at***.Ihaveexcelledinourwellroundedandexactingundergraduateprogramandhave developedasolidbackgroundtotakeupresearchinComputerScience. Ihavedecidedtogoinforgraduatestudieswhichcallsforapersonalcommitmenttothefullling craftofindependentresearchandthatinvolveswillinglymakingpersonalsacricesoftime,leisure andimmediatereward.InturnIshallgetintellectualsatisfactionandthegraticationofbecoming acontributortoknowledgethroughresearchandthegreaterpersonalrewardsoflearningand discovery.IbelievethatIpossessthemotivation,intellectualabilityandpreparationtosetouton thisexhilaratingandarduouspathandtomakesignicantoriginalcontributionstoyourongoing researchwork. IlookforwardtojoiningStanfordUniversityasagraduatestudentatyouresteemeddepartment. Statement of Purpose 3 GOALS IamapplyingtoPrincetonUniversityforadmissiontothePh.D.programin(ComputerScience}. MyresearchinterestslieintheeldofTheoreticalComputerScience.Morespecically,Iam interestedintheDesignandAnalysisofAlgebraic,CombinatorialandNumberTheoretic

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Algorithmsaswellastheirapplications.OtherareasthatinterestmeareTheoryofComputation, ComplexityTheoryandGeometricAlgorithms. MylongtermgoalistobeactivelyinvolvedwithresearchandteachinginanareathatIlove.Ilook forwardtosuchaninvolvementasafacultymemberatareputeduniversity.APh.D.inoneofthe aforementionedareaswouldbethecrucialrststeptowardsthisgoal. PERSONALBACKGROUND BothmyparentshavedonetheirPh.D.sinMathematicsandmyfatherisanactiveresearcherin AppliedMathematics.ThishadinculcatedinmealoveforMathematicsrightfrommyschooldays. Ontheotherhand,Ienteredschoolinthesameyearinwhichthepersonalcomputerrevolution beganinIndia;thereforeIhave,insomesense,grownupwithcomputers.Myinterestin TheoreticalComputerScienceisthecombinedresultofthesetwoinuences. MATHSBACKGROUND Whileinhighschool,IwasinvolvedwiththeMathematicalOlympiadprogramandthis th culminatedinmybeingawardedasilvermedalatthe34 InternationalMathematicalOlympiad. Asaresultofthisinvolvement,IwasexposedtobasicCombinatory,GraphTheoryandNumber Theoryatanearlyage.Moreover,theintensivetrainingcumselectionprogramIunderwenthas honedmyskillsandbolsteredmycondenceinproblemsolving.Ithasalsowhettedmyappetite forproblemsolvingandmademearegularreaderoftheProblemsectionsofperiodicalslike AmericanMathematicalMonthlyandMathematicsMagazine. Iwaschosen,bytheNationalBoardofHigherMathematics,asoneof18undergraduatesallover Indiatoparticipateintheirnurtureprogram,inparallelwithmyformalundergraduatetraining. TheresultingthreeyearlonginteractionwiththeSchoolofMathematicsoftheprestigiousTata InstituteofFundamentalResearch(TIFR),hasgivenmeasubstantialbackgroundinadvanced mathematics(includingGroup,RingandFieldTheory,LinearAlgebra,RealandComplex Analysis,MeasureTheoryandTopology).Aspartofthisyearsprogram,Iamstudying CommutativeAlgebra,AlgebraicNumberTheoryandFunctionalAnaly