The development and use of computer code for academic research.

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Software copyright issues [closed]

Who owns the intellectual rights for the newly developed software if it was developed during the employee's free time? The developer was 1) working as full-time employee at university X in Western ...
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How to effect change in a faculty's course materials? [closed]

Synopsis I believe that the faculty's course materials significantly lag behind the industry standards, are of generally low quality and that the assignment submission system as well as other ...
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Publishing code in order to improve my chances to be admitted to a CS graduate school

I am 32 years old now and I want to apply for a degree in computer sciences at a European university. I am afraid they could consider me to be too old. That's why I want to show them somehow part of ...
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Finding a place in interdisciplinary sciences as someone who develops computational methods and algorithms for other fields?

I have a strong background in programming and I'm interested in solving computational problems in other areas like physics or economics. During my bachelor studies I have been involved in several ...
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Copyright regulations for and sharing implementations of previously published computer code

For my research I programmed several optimization algorithms as close as possible to their original implementation/explanation when they were published. The original codes were some times described ...
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Are IPython Notebooks code or slides? (for licensing purpose)

I prepared a short tutorial in IPython Notebook and want to release it on an open license. However, as it is something between code and slides, I do not know if Creative Commons licenses are suitable ...
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What field of study allows a hobbyist to make a potential contribution

What are some fields in which a professional programmer (specializing in Data Science technologies) can pick up hobby projects that can actually contribute something to that particular field. I ...
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Is it possible for a high school student to conduct research into computer science? [duplicate]

I am currently half way through year 10 and I am interested in conducting research into computer science. I am from a public high school in a small town in Australia. I want to go to Massachusetts ...
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How do I correctly cite the C++ standard or its drafts?

For my bachelor thesis, I have to reference a lot to the various C++ standard documents, be it the original standard or some of the working drafts. How do I cite such documents? Many of the working ...
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Does the choice of programming language affect paper acceptance in mechanical engineering?

I have published papers in the field of mechanical engineering, combustion, engines, etc. Previously I relied on MATLAB for most of my data processing, and C++/Fortran for computations. I duly cite ...
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What to do when people in a research group use different programming languages for computation (e.g., Mathematica, Python, Matlab)?

I am a very happy user (in 98% of the time) of Python/Numpy/Scipy (anaconda distribution). I switched from Matlab and do not regret the decision. I have reached a level of expertise, which enables me ...
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Studying for a master's in Computer Science after a bachelor's in Physics [closed]

I am currently in my penultimate (third) year of a master's degree in Physics (in the UK). The degree is set up such that you have four years of a taught degree and graduate with a master's without ...
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The book suggested for a class has bad reviews, should I use it or another?

I 'm at the start of my second semester of college and I don't have any real practical experience with programming, but I have to take a class on OOP that is usually taught to juniors. My OOP class ...
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Can mathematical ideas applied to CS problems count as “undergraduate research”?

I ran across this thread, in which the accepted answer mentions to "[..] Start on a research project (independently or otherwise) if you have not already ASAP. " I'm an undergraduate studying ...
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Would it be ethical for a computer science PhD student to hire an assistant (programmer)?

I was wondering if it would be ethical for a PhD student in the field of Computer Science to hire a programmer in an specific domain; so that he could focus more on the algorithmic or mathematical ...
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Is an MS in computer science helpful in improving programming skills?

I attained my bachelors degree in computer engineering in January 2014. I was not a prolific programmer as an undergrad, instead focusing on my other coursework and in general completing my degree. ...
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Is there a trollish/novelty/esoteric citation style?

In programming, there are these so-called "esoteric programming languages" like "LOLCODE" or "Shakespeare," which really have pretty much zero usefulness. They are just kind of a novelty, or if a ...
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How to deal with student putting their (home)work on github

While using github for source code is generally something I love to encourage, if a student puts their (computer science) homework there, it's generally easy for others to find and copy - which ...
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How much emphasis should be put on programming ability in a letter of recommendation for CS graduate studies?

I have a little computer science background. In one of my statistic courses we did significant data analysis with SAS and R coding. I'm getting this professor to write a LOR for me. He wants me to ...
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Are there tools to prevent students from cheating on a programming exam administered on computers?

I'm teaching an Introduction to Computer Science Course, where we mainly do C programming. I've been assigned a lab for teaching the course, but there are more students than available computers. Also, ...
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Should I inform my thesis adviser about current situation

I had unofficially agreed to start working on my thesis during September, with no concrete date being mentioned. However there are two factors which might delay this date: Me not being available ...
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Should I take undergraduate CS classes if all I do is applied software dev and data science?

I am a PhD student in social science who got interested in programming via data analysis in R and various utility tools in Python, SQL, Java (for web scraping, data querying, etc.). I am considering ...
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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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Encourage student to participate without him helping too much

I am teaching two students (X and Y) to program in python. X is a little bit quicker than the Y in grasping the concepts. He likes to help Y figure out what to do with his code, why it isn't working ...
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Should I publish as sole author and do everything or invite coauthors so that I mostly just do the programming and benchmarking?

Consider the concept of opportunity cost. There are two possible situations: a) I program everything, do the evaluation with a benchmark, tell nobody, write everything and publish alone. b) I ...
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I have been pigeonholed, how can I solve it?

I can program, write papers and research. I'm better at research, but due to the lack of programmers I've been assigned programming tasks in my current institution. Additionally, I have little ...
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Effective way to organize a course so that it can be followed from abroad

I'm reaching out because I'd like to take a Master's Degree in Spain (which starts in October), but my current job will end in December, and I'm trying to find an effective way to organize classes ...
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Use of automated assessment of programming assignments

(This is a reworking of Software for submitting and testing programming assignments.) First, a bit of background. Many courses in applied mathematics have a programming component, where students are ...
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Software for submitting and testing programming assignments

Can anyone recommend an open source system for students to submit programming assignments? Ideally it would be something that would run on the web, do some level of testing on the server side, and ...
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Should I provide references to a function which is used as part of a programming language?

I am writing a paper, which in the application used a function from a programming language (in this case, it is OpenCV function canny edge detection). When is or is not appropriate to explain the ...
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Introduction to Programming with Pseudocode

In the University in which I will start teaching the course sequence for Programming goes in this way: Algorithms and Data Structures Structured Programming Languages Object-Oriented Programming ...
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How to teach programming to first timers at a college level?

I am currently teaching at a local college an Introduction to programming using C#. Most of these students have never had any programming experience. The only prerequisite is an ICT course that ...
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How to deal with students asking very incremental questions?

I'm a TA/grader for an online course in introductory programming. We have students ask us questions related to homework/labs/etc. on Piazza where we can have quick back-and-forth with questions and ...
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Ph.D. in the space between two fields?

I'm applying to PhD programs in two fields and I am interested in the space between two fields, where one is applied to the other. In my particular case I'm interested in researching Software ...
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How does one with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences become a software developer?

I will graduate in 1 semester and I have realized towards the end of my B.S. in mathematical sciences that I would like to develop software. I know there's no degree requirement to do this. I have ...
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Internships for PhD students (e.g. in data science or programming)

I still have 2-2.5 years of my PhD program, but it want to try my skills in programing, especially in the taste of data science (needless to say, I do it overnight for some hobby projects and I like ...
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What are the disadvantages of opening the source of your own science tools

I am currently finishing my PhD thesis and, as a great deal of the job was to create tools and protocoles, I am considering putting the different scripts I wrote on open source directories (such as ...
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Solutions to the lack of code transparency in economics?

Like most fields that rely on statistical analyses, economics has suffered from a few well-publicized coding errors (most notably the Foote and Goetz finding that when correcting Donohue and Levitt's ...