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November 21, 2005





Well congratulations :-)


Congrats, Tommaso!


Bravo and hmmm?

Nice try, Dorigo! But you won't get away with it this time! You left us with one too many clues. We kind of suspected you really were Professor Plum with the candlestick in the conservatory attempting to 'frame' Miss Scarlett with the rope (velvet, I might add) in the kitchen, after having been with her in the dining room with the lead pipe, only to have eventually succeeded in the ball room with your revolver. Truly a very clever Venetian ploy ala Machiavelli. Yes, you are perhaps correct in your assumption, Herr Professor, it might be time to redeploy to Padova in the near future.

p.s. The kitchen scene was undoubtedly your best moment ... since you are Italian, after all.


110 partecipants and 25 passed the written part, and you say this is a A tight selection?
My fist year calculus exam at the math department of Padua when I was a student, has 203 partecipant and 3 passed with two that passed with 15. I believe that this exams is surely an hardest one, but for a research position...
Congratulations anyway.


Hmmm since I am italian I guess I was rather in the bedroom with miss Scarlett, and the rope was used only to tie her...


I fight to have a permanent position and it is unlikely that i will have one. I will have to stop research. Then, it is difficult to heard that someone is not happy to have a permanent position!!!!

tommaso dorigo

Hi Lyd,

I understand you very well... The fact is, I fought for 10 years to get one, and now I would like to get what I really want, not something that is almost like it but not exactly.

In general, I believe that if you fight really hard for something you want, you are really likely to get it. So beware of what you wish!

Good luck with your own fight

tommaso dorigo

Hi Zerocold,

the fact that n pass out of m is not an estimator of the difficulty of passing, if no prior information is given on the strength of the candidates.

In your case n/m is close to 2%, but objectively it is harder to have to pass a 15% admission exam, if 40% of the candidates are strong and overqualified for the position at stake, as in the case of the exam I am talking about.

Thank you

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