I'm studying for quals/prelims. Tests you take in your first year or two of PhD (at least in America). Sometimes I want to browse problems that specifically came up in some qualifying/preliminary exam.

When I look for "measure theory" there are elementary or high level questions mixed in with the types of problems you would see on a qual. Should we create a new tag or is there I way I can personally filter to see just problems that could come up on a qual?


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"The types of problems you would see on a qual" only makes sense if one has a particular educational system in mind. One country's graduate qual is another's undergraduate exam. The level varies a lot within the same country, too.

Even assuming we all agree on what a "qual problem" means, the tag wouldn't achieve the goal. Users posting qual content will not think of tagging their questions this way; also, some if not most of qual-level problems will be asked not in the context of a qual.

In conclusion, this meta-tag would muddy the tagging waters while failing to achieve any of its goals, as did earlier.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you answer the second part of my question? $\endgroup$
    – user223391
    Jun 10, 2016 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ Well... that's what happen when you leave a sandwich in a bucket of water for a few days. You get soup. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 10, 2016 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: it's "goop", actually, not "soup". :) One is tastier than the other. $\endgroup$ Jun 13, 2016 at 16:26
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    $\begingroup$ @J.M.: I'm philosophically opposed to the idea of soup. It is the bastard child of food and drinks, and I am not okay with that. The only soup for me is fermented bread soup, by which I mean beer, of course. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 13, 2016 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M.: Also, as the lovely saying goes... soup is good food... $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 13, 2016 at 20:53

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