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Is it fair for me to drink caffeine during tests?

For some of my more difficult and early morning tests, I will buy coffee and bring it with me into the exam. My hope is that the caffeine will help me be fully alert, think more clearly, and write ...
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Can low score in GRE hurt the application with good GPA for top graduate school in US

I wonder can poor general GRE exam hurt an application with very strong GPA (about 3.9) and good letter of recommendations for getting an admission to top graduate schools in US? meaning that How ...
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Are people who left academia happy with their decision?

Is there any extensive research/study/survey that looked at what percentage of people who left academia were happy with their decision after X years? I mostly interested in the computer science field ...
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How to find out where a College's Graduates are now?

I am looking at graduate schools and one of the things I would like to know about the schools I'm looking at is where recent graduates are now. I realize that contacting the colleges individually ...
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Modify the page layout of application materials (i.e. A4 vs. Letter) when applying for jobs in multiple countries?

Most countries use A4 paper. The US and Canada use letter paper. When applying for jobs across several countries should application materials always be designed to meet the page layout norms for the ...
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What should a student do, when a professor delays submitting his letter of recommendation?

I'm applying to Stanford, which requires 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, due in 2 days. Both teachers have known about this since mid-September, but one of them hasn't submitted his ...
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Can you get statistical data on research paper submissions and publications?

For a class project in machine learning, I am considering building a set of predictors where the feature set includes information about the topic, keywords in the title, the authors, the date, etc., ...
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What is the best policy to deal with students using their cellphones inside the class?

Is it OK to prevent students from using their cellphones during the lecture by stating that in the syllabus? and how to deal with students who insist on using their cellphones during the lecture? ...
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Hybris or Big Data (Java Career) [on hold]

I have 2 yrs of java exp with EJB and spring.Now I am about to switch project , but I am quite confused if I should stay in spring only or explore new frameworks with java. Which one should I choose ...
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Principal Research Scientist vs. Senior Research Scientist?

I notice that some schools, e.g., MIT EECS, has these two non-faculty appointments, Principal Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist. At least true for MIT EECS: Both of them, just as ...
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Cite paper under review on a paper that is going to double-blind review? [duplicate]

I wrote a paper to a journal, which is still under review. Now I need to cite it in another paper that is double-blinded. Is this a problem?
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Discovered a serious error in a reviewed paper after submitting the review, what to do?

I have been reviewing a paper where the authors apply a computational method from an earlier paper they published to a specific system of general relevance. The paper seemed ok, and I recommended ...
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Is it approriate to point out errors in the literature review in a thesis?

In a couple of either books or articles that I have read as part of my research there have been some minor errors (when taken in context of the whole work) when they relate to the area I am ...
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Undergraduate transcript for graduate addmission

If your undergraduate degree transcript shows that you failed one subject, and in the other you barely passed but still you have a good WAM (say 85) or GPA (say 6.5 out of 7), would those two subjects ...
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Is there a single website where one can get to know about all upcoming international conferences? [duplicate]

It's very important for a research professional (such as a Statistician) who needs to work on multidisciplinary fields to attend international conferences and see what's going around in the field of ...
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Is it appropriate to copy a drawing from a book in my master thesis? [duplicate]

I would like to know if it is appropriate to copy a drawing from a book (specifically a directed graph) and develop my theory on that drawing? It is sure that I am going to make a reference for that ...
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Profile for PhD in Theoretical Computer Science [on hold]

I am a under graduate student in Mathematics in one of the prestigious institutes in my country. When I was in my Sophomore years I came across the profile of a PhD candidate which was quite ...
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PhD admissions - Contacting multiple profs from the same university

Presently, I am writing to potential PhD guides in US universities. There are two professors from the same department who work on topics that cannot be considered closely related, but I would be happy ...
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Should I dress up for conference banquet/gala dinner?

I am thinking about what should I bring to the conference. Normally, will people dress up (like full suit) for the dinner? p.s. I am in CS domain.
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When applying for a PhD is it worth mentioning awards received for achievement in final year high school exams?

I am in the process of applying for a PhD at the univerity where I am currently completing my undergraduate. The application has a section for awards. I don't have anything to show for my time as a ...
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How to minimise student's discomfort when suggesting they need to improve his/her English?

The standard of English grammar, spelling and syntax is abysmal in my country. High school students generally learn such things by studying a foreign language. As a result, the written work I ...
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Easy subjects with high grade vs tough subject with lower grade

I have about 80% weighted average (years count 1, 3, 5), I am on my third BSc year and I would like to apply for a MSc afterwards in top university. There are 2 4th year subjects that I really, ...
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Staying on the MEng or risk BSc + MSc application

The situation: I am in one of the top engineering schools in London and I am currently on an MEng. The issue: However I found a couple of courses from 3rd year not very interesting and at the same ...
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How to account for publication bias?

I am doing a literature review in the medical field, which is as many other fields heavily impacted by publication bias. Is there any standard way to account for it? When am I e.g. allowed to say ...
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Funded Math Master's Programs [on hold]

I am considering to go into master's math program before Ph.D. Are there any math master's programs in USA that are funded? Thanks
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For computer engineering student how useful are certifications? [on hold]

Right now I'm doing HP ATA connected devices: http://h10120.www1.hp.com/expertone/datacard/Certification/ATA-CDV1 Before taking it I asked a certain person from my university who just graduated and ...
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should I fight to choose journal my work is submitted to?

I'm a USA grad student in computational biology. Starting 2 years ago, I tried to get paper X published, with very little feedback from my advisor, and after a year (!) in review paper X was ...
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Value of scientific community statement on brain training

Recently the "scientific community" made a statement on brain training to inform users that there is little evidence to support benefits from the games. With such an impressive list of signatories ...
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Why do research faculty pursue administrative positions, such as dean, provost, president, etc. ? Do such positions spell the end of one's research?

At a recent seminar talk, I was amazed to note that one of the two coauthors (not the presenter) was the president of a large and well-known university, since I had always assumed that taking on such ...
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What is “ companion proceedings” in a conference?

“All Web Science track papers will be published in the companion proceedings of the WWW conference." (http://www.www2015.it/call-for-web-science-track/) What does " companion proceedings" mean? What ...
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How does one denote that a cell value is not available / doesn't make sense in a table?

I have a table that compares the performance of different systems according to different error measures: System | Error 1 | change | Error 2 | ... --------------------------------------| ... ...
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Does putting an article I wrote on university site conflict with IEEE publishing rights?

I have published a few months ago a paper for an IEEE Conference, the paper got published and it is indexed in the IEEEXplore. I have received an email from a research coordinator at the university ...
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Is it acceptable to criticise papers when writing a related work section

When writing a paper it is important to discuss related work. I am working on a problem where two research fields meet. When I did a literature review I noticed that related papers often omit ...
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Is it a good idea to have a departmental problem database?

A departmental problem database will work like this: When a professor gives an exam, quiz etc. they upload the problems into the database. When the grading has been completed, they upload the scores. ...
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Differentiate between Dr. (PhD) and Dr. (MD)

Reading the question posted here left me with a more general question: Given the professional title and name: Dr. (First Name)(Last Name), is there some way to differentiate between the holder of a ...
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How should a teaching-assistant deal with an angry student?

This happened two semesters ago, when I was teaching-assistant to a class of bachelor students. The lecturer had such marking weights, 30% for teaching assistant class including all the homework and ...
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How should someone with a German PhD be addressed in the UK?

This question has been discussed several times but there doesn't seem to be a clear answer for my particular situation. I have a Dr.rer.nat from Germany but currently I am working for an institute in ...
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How likely is it that PhD application is not reviewed by professors if TOEFL minimum isn't met?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I have a worry about the application. Since I found that my TOEFL score does not meet the minimal requirement set by a school that I am applying to, I am ...
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Why B or B- is the minimum passing grade for most graduate courses in US?

I was recently told that in many schools in US (Maybe other countries too) the minimum grade for a graduate course is B or B-. Meaning that B is considered as a passing score. I would like to know is ...
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Would it be acceptable to report a professor for poor teaching / attitude in a Masters graduate course?

I would like some advice about a specific professor in my program of study. I seriously feel that this professor has a problem teaching graduate students. On more than one instance, class was let out ...
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How to acknowledge oneself as the author of materials created in industry research position?

I am an industry-based researcher. As part of my role, I develop various resources for use by our clients. They include manuals, codes, quizzes, factsheets and the like. In all cases, I am the sole ...
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Swamped with homework that's holding me back [on hold]

So I have been thinking about homework, does it actually help with learning? I do a lot of homework for my current grade, ~ 3-4 pages a day. However, this homework is not really helping me, all it is ...
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What is the relationship between credits and course hours?

Why can courses at the same department have an apparent disproportionality between credits and hours? For example at my French university my department offers a 12 credit course with 48 hours of ...
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Does “submitted to Thomson Reuters” mean that a publication will actually be indexed?

I have seen a few conferences that state on the call for submissions that the conference will be "submitted for indexing in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science)." ...
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What is life like for Western-raised/trained academics who are faculty in countries with extremely tight governmental control?

There are a growing number of prominent universities in the world which are based in countries where the government exerts substantial control over its citizens in ways that are not typical in ...
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“Designated emphasis” on a doctorate

My university is offering a "designated emphasis" in a topic area, that grad students can add to their transcript. I think that the idea is that it can provide some sort of signal that the student ...
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What is considered cheating in an open book exam?

A common belief is that open book exams reduces cheating since all the information that a student would wish to look up is already with them. Open book exam therefore tests a person's knowledge and ...
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How to build relationships with professors in such a way that results in good letters of recommendation?

I know a lot of questions are asked about letters of recommendation, but I was unable to find anything on this site or the internet in general that spoke to the particular issue of how to build the ...
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Matlab ,movefile Unknown error occurred [on hold]

the error occurred in the last step, and matlab said it's "unknown error". The following are my codes, it is to implement this: unzip a zip.file, read all the unzipped files and search for some ...
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Advice for stats phd applicant: Ways to overcome an imperfect GPA [on hold]

For those of you familiar with admissions criteria for phd programs in statistics, what are some ways to overcome an imperfect GPA? (I've included below my own background, in case someone wants to ...

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