from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A subdivision of a field of study; a subdiscipline.
- n. Mathematics A field that is a subset of another field.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A smaller, more specialized area of study or occupation within a larger one
- n. A subring of a field, containing the multiplicative identity and closed under inversion.
I do research in computer science, in the formal semantics of programming languages, and it looks like my subfield is on the verge of a phase change -- I think that very soon paper proofs of theorems will stop being acceptable for publication; we will have to submit formal, machine-checked proofs.
Survey of computational scientists in the subfield of machine learning, sampling American academics registered at the top Machine Learning conference, students and professors.
Victoria did a study of one particular subfield: Machine Learning.
The fear component is important, but really funtions as a subfield of the larger impetus toward government growth in our representative democracy.
Said another way, a larger proportion of academics are likely to be liberal, but certainly not all, and this may also vary by field and subfield because of the nature of knowledge, learning and the advancement of knowledge in that field.
That is why it is the particular subfield of economics in which the views of those who understand the subject and those who do not diverge most sharply.
Welfare economics refers to the subfield of economics that tries to match the mathematics and theory of how people improve their lives and happiness -- their welfare -- with how one could possibly measure or do empirical tests to test whether people are better off.
At some stage later in your career if you made partner, you might need to have a familiarity with what other specialists at your firm are doing, or you may have to shift into another subfield.
In my own case, I am doing it because I think I am good at it and can make a contribution to my subfield, not because I expect to earn much at all. jerry 101 Says:
He himself says: Most intermediate-level and advanced texts make very little money for the professor. [snip] In my own case, I am doing it because I think I am good at it and can make a contribution to my subfield, not because I expect to earn much at all.
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