Questions concerning acquisition, handling, presentation, publication, and other practices related to use of data in academic research.

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Which tense to describe the analysis on a dataset?

It is normal to analyze a dataset in a paper. I am not sure when to use present/past tense to describe how you analyze the data and what your results are. Here I use a short example text to illustrate ...
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Freedom of Information (FOI) requests: multiple questions or single question per request?

In England and Wales at least, Freedom of Information requests are a legitimate research technique to use for obtaining data on occasions when (a) they are applicable, and (b) other avenues have been ...
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Sensible measures to ethically use freely available, but personal web-based comments in research?

In a range of fields (I have in mind gender and sexuality) users make Internet comments revealing personal details about themselves. Some sites even automatically link to their personal Facebook ...
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How do you organize your research?

I am doing a lot of reading and experimenting to dig deeper into my research topic. In our institute we have weekly meetings, were we present our latest research. Often my professor asks me questions ...
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How to integrate partial version control, data exchange and research assistants?

Currently, my coauthors and I use GitHub to collaborate in coding and writing but also in data exchange. We have a lot of data, often not in text format (e.g. pdf). Most of this is collected by ...
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How are DOIs managed for ongoing time-series?

I'm familiar with DOIs been allocated to historic time series, to give academics a unique, citable identifier for datasets. Similar to how a DOI is allocated to a specific journal article. As the ...
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How to ask other researchers to share their datasets?

For my Computer Science Master Thesis Research I need some large pre-processed datasets. I know the names of researchers who have those sets (or at least can point me to the source). My question ...
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Breaking an axis - is it ever a good idea?

I know that using an origin other than 0 for numeric data is considered misleading. But for plots in academic publications, is it ever a good idea to break an axis so that patterns and outliers can be ...
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Ethics of using company data from internship for academic project

I am a graduate student and one of my research projects requires me to crawl a website using their public API. This is going alright but the amount of data we can collect is limited, since it is a ...
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What is 'Persuasive Data'?

I'm submitting an abstract for the World Molecular Imaging Conference and they advise: Please include a Persuasive Data file if you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral ...
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Getting a dump of arXiv metadata

Prompted by discussion in this post on Meta.MathOverflow.net I got interested in comparing usage of tags from MathOverflow to submissions in the respective disciplines of arXiv. (Vide a similar idea ...
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Am I allowed to process personal data on a cloud server?

I have gathered some fMRI and eye tracking data, from several subjects. I can process them using the server in our lab, but I would like to take advantage of my own cloud servers on Linode and ...
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What are the important issues to consider when using secondary data?

Say you want to conduct a research study that observes people engaged in a generic activity. Rather than record this evidence oneself, would it be wise to try to gather recorded evidence that was part ...
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How to make data management plans machine readable?

More and more research projects are now required to have a data management plan, sometimes already upon submission of the proposal, sometimes early into the then funded project. A big issue with ...
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How should we approach the authors of a paper and ask them for their data? [duplicate]

Nowadays, many papers are based on data that can easily reach several Gigas. It is understandable that these data are not incorporated into the work, nor are hosted with the publisher. What is the ...
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Citing a Work that Cites a Personal Communication

I'm interested in knowing if/how to properly cite a personal communication within a reference and if credit should be given to the primary source (the personal communication), the secondary source ...
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How can I anonymously store supplemental research data that I submit with papers?

I'm writing a contribution for a double-blind submission system. Since I would like to supply more data than I could show on a small number of pages, I'm looking for a way to reference supplemental ...
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How should I split my code and data between an open repository and the article's supplementary files?

I am working on a paper that involves some data and a piece of code to analyse the data. I want the results of the analysis to be reproducible and the code to be open. This concept of "reproducible ...
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Are there known cases of leaks in academia?

There are many situations in academia where an entity is entrusted with confidential data belonging to a researcher. A very obvious one is the publication process: the journals are required to keep ...
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How can editors and reviewers detect data manipulation?

I am preparing a paper in the field of Computer Science. In order to report test results, we usually run a number of tests and report the average of those tests. For each test, we generate random ...
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Could it be a problem years later if I forgot to include some things in my thesis?

I graduated 3 years ago with a MS degree and a thesis. I recently discovered that I forgot to include some data - tables and list of datasets. All my final analysis has been included. Can there be ...
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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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Good data entry and management systems

I am a PhD student and am thinking ahead to when I start up a psychology lab---what are some of the best data entry and management systems? To avoid the "it depends" answer, below I list what I'm ...
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Could research data fall under the Freedom of Information Act?

When I refer to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) I mean either the federal act or similarly implemented state laws. Clearly the validity of such requests would have to be limited to institutions ...
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How do I get a citation dataset with full text articles in PDF format?

I am doing research in text mining. For that I need a dataset which contain full text PDFs of research paper articles, and all articles should be related with each other in terms of citing. There are ...
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Is it a good idea to connect data points on a plot to increase readability in slides?

I have a graph of points from a set of experiments, that I want to present on a slide. The important information in the graph is both the values of the points, and more significantly, that the green ...
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Same data, new method, same outcome – can I publish it?

I applied a new method to a data set, which had already been analyzed in a research paper. My method is generally considered better, but it only slightly modifies the results and does not affect the ...
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IRB guidelines for secure online data storage, backup, and syncing?

I am asking to get people's success stories in presenting a data management case for secure data backup using remote online services, rather than the antiquated "server in a locked room" model of ...
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Best strategy to learn programing for graduate research data analysis in biology

I'm actually asking this question on behalf of a sibling who's pursuing a PhD in Biology. While I'm a Mechanical Engineering student and am "computer-savvy" and experienced in learning programming ...
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How to obtain number of publications by year on a given subject?

Does anyone know of a good way to obtain data on the number of publications per year on a given subject? Scholar has an option to sort search results by date, but there does not seem to be an ...
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Asking for data as a student - ease the pain

I'm a bioinformatics bachelor graduate. The group I'm currently working for does not produce its own data. So I often have to search the literature for available data sets. Luckily, tons of ...
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Framework Analysis: Can framework analysis (Ritchie, Spencer & O'Connor) be applied to open-ended survey question responses?

Details: I am building a web application for teachers and educators. The web application takes a new approach to looking at educational apps. I want to know if this approach is worthwhile, so I am ...
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Surface plots vs. colour maps

There are essentially two ways for plotting three-dimensional data: Colour maps (or heat maps)¹: Surface plots: While surface plots are quite nice to visualise data if you can interactively move ...
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How to get pornographic movies for scientific research purposes?

Recently, I have being planning to design an automatic pornographic movie detector with the machine learning knowledge that I just acquired. I am now in the stage of planning how to perform the ...
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How much can you trust a reference of a paper that is not available

It recently occurred to me that probably more often than it should happen, while reading someones paper, they see a reference to a different paper, and just use the reference without looking. In my ...
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Can we use students' class homework solution for research purpose?

A colleague of mine would like to compare 25+ different Java implementations of the same homework. Is it OK (ethically/legally in the US) to share my students' class homework solutions with him for ...
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How do I re-plot my results against existing results?

I need to compare my results with other result, so I need to re-plot the other author's results against my results. For example I want use this fig as a way of comparing results so is there any way ...
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Can I use facts from surveys which are done by others and are available on internet?

I am doing a research on family business and there are few survey available on internet providing a lot of key information/data. For examples, there is one detailed survey done by a accountancy firm ...
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Tools for data organising and processing

Suppose we perform experiments with input parameters (temperature, humidity, processing time...) and collect resulting data (thickness, structure, mech. properties...). Is there a tool (or set of ...
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Is there a standard format for sharing data?

We are writing a paper, and want to share the raw data. My advisor suggests that I share the data as an Excel file, but I believe that a plain text file (such as a text-delimited or comma-delimited ...
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Licence that converts to GPL after publication but is copyrighted prior to publication

I would like to post an repository on github that includes data and analysis code in R. The analysis and data forms part of a journal article submission. I'm happy for people to view the code and data ...
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Literature search: Finding the most reliable data

My problem: I need a value for a specific physical quantity. I found several papers with contradicting numbers. How do I make sure to not miss the most accurate data by e.g. missing the newest ...
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How can I show which data I'm using in my paper?

I've just started reading papers about speech recognition and algorithms on medium sized graphs (~800,000 nodes and 4,400,000 edges with some connected text data). I think a problem of these papers is ...
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Presenting data of complex tables

I finished some experiments on classification and I am now preparing for a presentation. The experiment yields data which will then be manually verified to determine if the data is correct or ...
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Biological data being used by an unpublished research paper is considered proprietary

This question may be too specialist to be on-topic here. In which case, please feel free to transfer it to another SE site, or close, as appropriate. I am planning to publish an applied statistics ...
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How to survey recommended course readings?

I am interested in analysing the selection and distribution of course readings given to students of middle eastern studies in universities internationally. By course readings I am referring to ...
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Is it legal/ethical to use data grabbed from a Stack Exchange site in a paper? [duplicate]

For example, I download all the content of Academia@SE, later analysis it in a data mining paper, and submit the paper in the end. Is it OK to do so? Do I have to ask the permission from the ...
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How complete are academic databases?

Right now I'm using Web of Knowledge, ScienceDirect, etc. to find papers to read and get some metadata. My university has a subscription, so this is nice. As far as I know these databases simply have ...
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Author Ambiguity in PubMed Search

Given a (rather large) list of authors, what is the best way to find the number of publications by each author? The big problem here is author ambiguity (which John Smith, etc.) - the author list we ...
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Ownership of the code

My advisor sets the problem. I implement the solution for this particular problem and for the set of similar problems using a programming language. My question is, can I put the code in the public ...