- Last year many of the stronger candidates were coming off of postdocs looking for tenure-track jobs. This year we see more strength from the fresh Ph.D.s.
- Last year there were a large number of outstanding cryptography candidates. This year no particular field dominates.
- Last year the strongest candidates were heavily weighted with MIT Ph.D.s. The degrees of this year's candidates are much more spread out.
There are some notable exceptions to the above and the differences are easily explained by statistical variations on small sample spaces. But still worthy to note how much variation we see in the theory market from one year to the next.