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Cassandra performance papers - thesis [on hold]

i am about to reach the phase of writing down my Thesis for the completion of my Masters degree in CS, i have found my interest and supervisor's consent to work on Cassandra performance, so for that i ...
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Best ways to identify new research problem in Web-data Analytics [on hold]

What are the best ways to identify research problem in any specific research area.Like one of my colleague suggested once,I should be looking at challenges and future work section of papers, I study ...
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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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Two professors want me to work at their labs, and I'd rather work with one of them than the other

I'm an undergrad who wants to do research but I don't know many professors, so I asked my school's Dean for Undergraduate Research for help. He told two professors about me, and both showed interest ...
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Is it normal to be stopped from doing experiments for months due to “equipment malfunctioning” during masters?

I am currently doing a medical science research masters with a difficult supervisor. Due to two incidents of equipment malfunctions (equipment that I am using), I was stopped from doing any ...
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How to write a good paper review? [duplicate]

I just started my Masters in computer science, and I started working on a research project with one of my professors last term as a part of a class project for his class. In relation to that project, ...
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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 should a social scientist deal with envy of disciplines that are more quantitatively rigorous?

I am a student in social science who got into quantitative research at the start of my graduate school. Since then, I have had the valuable opportunity to take many Statistics classes and become aware ...
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Accepted into university for MS in CS but rejected by professor for research

I got accepted into a top 10 school for CS (Computer Science) but I was rejected by a professor with whom I wanted to work with. No feedback after resume submission, just "I found another student." If ...
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Is it okay to work in different lab during Summer?

I was wondering if it is okay to work in different lab during summer. I am first year master's student and currently I am working in the lab as volunteer at my college. During summer (May through ...
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What other research fields like this exist? [closed]

I wish to pursue a PhD in a field which is related to humans somehow (anthropology, archaeology, humanities, biotechnology, medical research, anything which helps humanity) where I can apply my CS ...
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How to find exercise problems as a graduate student?

I took my first graduate course as an undergrad last semester and it seemed that graduate student exams are much more open ended. Not only do they require you actually know more stuff (i.e. remember ...
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Where do researchers get the money to replicate others' work?

I'd like to follow up on my previous question. If scientists have to replicate and validate/refute their peers' research, where do the "provers" find funding? In my 2 years as an undergrad at a ...
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When is it appropriate to request more effort from a co-author on a funded project?

Suppose that my team received funding for a project to "deliver X in time Y". It is implied that each researcher will contribute, more or less, equally. When is it appropriate to make this explicit? ...
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Benefits of Academic Research [closed]

I'm in a Ph.D program and feel like I'm trapped inside of a bubble most days. Attending lectures, daily research seminars, meetings, etc is all very interesting to me and I really like what I do. ...
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Is publishing a journal article covering failed attempts a good idea?

I am currently doing some research on an algorithm that may (or may not) end up being slower than other similar algorithms. The idea behind it seems solid although it will probably not be as fast as ...
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Lack of team support in post-PhD Mathematics career

I received my PhD in mathematics about ten years ago. Despite my preference, desire, and attempts, I was not offered any postdoctoral positions. Part of the reason was (I think) that my dissertation ...
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How does Stephen Hawking conduct his research?

I've recently watched The Theory of Everything and it got me thinking. How does a researcher with a serious physical impediment, such as Stephen Hawking, conduct his research? Academic life usually ...
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Relationship between number of public rubbish bins and MSW(municipal Solid Waste) among countries and areas [migrated]

Is there any research really about the relationship between the number of public rubbish bins and MSW? Any studies about it? Do municipalities with less public rubbish bins tend to produce less MSW? ...
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What is the difference between a research plan and a research proposal?

search online, and you will find that both a research plan and a research proposal are often referring to the same thing. I will give my example to clarify this question. I got accepted for a PHD, ...
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How much reputational value is added to a journal by being indexed in various abstracting and indexing (A&I) databases?

I'm co-editing a small communication and media-focused OA journal published by a regional scholarly association. We are in the process of being indexed in selected research databases of EBSCO (just ...
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How big are Mathematics research projects usually?

I have been involved in a number of large-ish research consortia usually with 10 or more groups, with each group containing 2 or more individuals. Some have originated from computer science, others ...
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What to do with an overtly exasperating colleague in computer science?

I am working on my undergraduate research project in an HPCC. Whoever does programming knows this is a "teach-yourself" skill. Everytime a problem arises, you search the wealth of tutorials and guides ...
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Is development research?

I'm a Msc student, and my project is to develop a novel software tool for use in neurosurgery. There is a current tool that is considered the standard of care for the procedure, but it has low rates ...
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Is there a research exchange program for postdocs between UK and worldwide universities?

I completed a PhD a couple of years ago and am looking at postdocs abroad, but not in my original field, so my advisors aren't able to suggest good places to apply to. Are there any programmes ...
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Accidental Researcher [closed]

I work in software engineering, where I specialize in computer graphics. I recently had to do a bit of research for my job, and I'd like to publish it at some point. It's currently going through my ...
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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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Regarding co-authorship for a research paper

I have contributed significantly to the paper and I was not listed as co-author instead I am listed in acknowledgement section in the end saying that thanks to my preliminary studies. I had sent the ...
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Is It appropriate to put code in slides for a technical presentation?

I am doing a technical presentation on Minimizing Real-Time Data Stream Latency: Node.js and Asynchronous Operations. I've done some thorough research on the topic and I want to add some code blocks ...
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How do people in academia know whether their research, result, theorem or thesis is original work?

I am curious as to how academia continues itself without replication or reinventing the wheel. So many academicians in so many areas of work, how would one ever find out whether the work he or she is ...
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How do we prevent a professor from releasing our class project as his own research?

I don't want to release too many details in this inquiry, but I do have a very legitimate question to ask. My senior class (aerospace engineering) has been hard at work for nearly nine months reverse ...
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How to find only the papers that cite a particular article in an important way?

I'm having the following problem: There is some interesting paper (in machine learning) which is cited by 180 other papers (according to Google Scholar). From these 180, I want to find the papers that ...
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Under what circumstances can the university council withhold Ph.D. degree?

This a case 28 years ago where the defense committee approved the dissertation and recommended granting the degree. The department council and the college council both approved granting the Doctoral ...
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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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Is it legal to include another person's result in my research paper?

Is it legal to include another person's result in my research paper? For instance: Theorem (Name of the author): Statement Proof. The proof of this appeared in [1].
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Do you think a computational math student should go to student seminars about pure math?

I am a first year graduate student with thesis topic on computational math, in particular inverse problem. Based on what I know, this area requires a solid background of functional analysis and ...
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Did you usually solve exercises in a theoretical reference book when doing research?

I am a first year graduate student in a computational math program. Based on my background (I just finished a one-semester graduate real analysis course), instead of reading a specific textbook, my ...
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Do research-only postdocs harm chances for tenure-track opportunities?

Suppose a person spends their PhD at an institute with a high ratio of PhD students to other students, resulting in a very low teaching load for PhD students, resulting in no or almost no ...
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How to prepare for long-term dissertation fieldwork?

I am a PhD student in the social sciences at an American university. I have completed coursework, my prospectus, qualifying exams, and teaching. I am about to leave for one year of dissertation ...
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Company wants copy of unpublished work. Should I give it?

A prospective employer requested a copy of my PhD thesis and some unpublished papers (still working on them). Is it wise to hand these to them?
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Which free online academic plagiarism checker is closest to Turnitin?

Which free online academic plagiarism checker is closest to Turnitin by quality standard of rigour? Turnitin features that even somebody plagiarize the context of a passage by use synonyms or simply ...
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Can I have multiple research jobs totalling > 1.0 FTE?

Is it permitted in UK academia to have more than one Research Associate post which totals greater than 1.0 FTE? *. What's the general opinion if no definitive answer is possible. Obviously 2.0 FTE ...
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How not to be like a rolling stone in research?

As a young researcher, it is really interesting for me to gain knowledge in different topics related to my major. I attend many conferences and seminars in my field, I read papers and books which I ...
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How to balance reading the literature and just solving the problem your self?

I work for a company that has several projects involving computer vision. The literature rarely has papers on the exact problems we are solving. Furthermore, the state of the art in much of computer ...
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Research Questions / Hypotheses for an Engineering (CS) Thesis

I am writing a PhD proposal on a solution to an AI problem that hasn't been solved before (although there's related research). I am having trouble determining what kind of research questions / ...
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How do I start my introduction paragraph for a research paper? [closed]

I am writing a scientific research paper on offshore drilling, and I don't have a clear idea of what to put as my first sentence. Please help!
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PhDs in the arts - what exactly do they do?

I met someone who was doing a PhD in dance. What exactly do those people do? Do they do research in dance? Conduct experiments in dance? Prove theorems about dance? Do they become dance ...
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How to choose the appropriate graphic representation (plot) method for the results? [closed]

Do you use a rule of thumb when deciding the type of the chart/plot (box plot vs. scatter plot) you use when you want to represent the results of your research/simulations? I would say the answer is ...
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Distinct Research questions in Phd research proposal?

I am preparing my Phd research proposal. In "Research Aims / Questions" section, I have proposed two distinct research questions which are from the same narrowed down field but divert a little bit. ...
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Patents and papers out of my field of research

I am a Ph.D. candidate and my field of research is digital signal processing. But, from a lot of years I have two ideas: A new technique useful in the biomedical field. A paper or, better, an ...