Queries related to initiation, preparation, edit and presentation of a research thesis which is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. This publication should only include personal research and if the person is copying something from another publication, he ...

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How detailed should I be about my implemented system while writing a Ph.D. thesis?

While doing my PhD in computer science, I need a software system to perform and test my hypothesis/research, e.g. automatically perform a calculate or experiment. Even though I try to use as many ...
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PhD theses in mathematics with no “big” results or no results at all

I've recently come across a math PhD thesis of a student from a prestigious US university in which he just computationally checked, up to a certain bound, a conjecture, without coming up with any new ...
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Hypothesis formulation [on hold]

Can hypothesis for doctoral dissertation be formulated as "to demonstrate that approach X can be used effeciently/successfully to model Y"? I'm trying to use novel approach X that has been rarely ...
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Problems with Bachelor's thesis supervisor [on hold]

I need your help and opinions about my experience. This year is the final year of my bachelor studies, so I have to finish my bachelor's thesis. I wanted to start with it as soon as possible, so I ...
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What are the research methods for launching a new concept? [on hold]

I have encountered a new promising concept that does emerge from a combination of previous studies and can be observed in the wild but is not yet recognized as a separate object of research by any ...
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Differences between the introduction of a sandwich thesis and a paper

I would like to know what are the main differences between the introductory part of a paper and of a thesis. My thesis would be a sandwich type, so I would have to wrap everything there. Some of the ...
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Ask clarifications to a professor of another university

I am working at my thesis and I have some doubts about the application of a method explained in one of the books I read to learn about the topic. Shall I write an email to the author (which is a ...
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Undergraduate thesis main author credit and prestige

Our thesis instructor, after rejecting our proposals, became one of our thesis advisers after we've accepted his suggestion. Every time he's telling us that our proposal doesn't seem like a thesis (in ...
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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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Possible for ABD (all but dissertation) to return?

Can an ABD (all but dissertation) return to the university to redo the dissertation? If yes, how do they proceed?
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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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How should I include a list of links in my thesis?

In my thesis, I would like to refer to a set of links. These are tools/calculators/etc. related to my subject, included to show that there is an interest in society at large in this topic. I'm ...
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Publishing journal articles based on dissertation

My dissertation is drafted in a paper format which consists of three papers that I am planning to publish in future. Can I submit the manuscript to journals in 'as is' condition or I will have to ...
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Academic fair use and using publication images in your thesis

In the introductory chapter of my thesis, I've been surveying the previous work in my field. As part of this, I've used images from some of those publications and included them as Figures in my own ...
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When to make thesis available for public access?

I have recently finished my thesis and submitted to both university and national thesis center. However, it is not online yet (probably there are many thesis pending). Should I wait for the thesis ...
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How do I know if I am ready to apply for a PhD (In terms of the dissertation topic)?

In terms of the dissertation topic and not the readiness for the level of studies, how do I know if I am ready to apply for a PhD? Facts about moi: 1/4 I am currently a masteral student of ...
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Books/resources about how to write a good Thesis introduction

I would like to know if there is any reference book about this topic. I found the "They Say/ I say" book useful to write the Thesis discussion, but feel I need some guidelines on how to tackle this ...
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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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Do journal titles need to be included in a brief literature review in the introduction?

One of our thesis advisers insists (not suggests) that we include the title of the journal we are citing in the introduction, one part of which is a paragraph containing some of the reviews we will be ...
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Dress code for Thesis Discussion [duplicate]

Is there something like a "standard dress code" for a Ph.D thesis discussion? And, if there is - how important is it? Obviously, one should not (I think) dress too casually, but I do not know what is ...
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Can I have show two different approaches in single thesis, regarding the same topic?

I am doing research on Security Patterns. In First 6 month i was working on Formalization of Security Patterns. I have extended a approach for formalization of Security Patterns. Subsequently, in the ...
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Should I add a bibliography for this?

While writing up my introduction for my transfer report (first year exam of the PhD in the UK) I want to give importance to the topic saying something like: It lead to huge research, being N ...
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Keeping track of definitions

I recently handed in my master's thesis (CS), and I did what you should not do for your own peace of mind's sake: I skimmed it again afterwards. I realized that I had not updated some statements to ...
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How to handle an advisor who regularly gives me new work for my thesis?

I'm currently working on my master thesis and will have to hand it in in April. Of course, the topic of my thesis is somehow restricted to a certain problem, but my advisor keeps telling me new ...
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How to structure of a Ph.D. sandwich thesis?

I would like to know the main structure of this kind of thesis. Although some guidelines can be taken from this post, additional details would be appreciated. When building the introduction, I feel ...
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Should the captions in a figure list include their references?

The "list of figures" page in my Masters thesis lists many figure captions. Some of these figure captions have references. Should I remove or keep the reference in the list of figures? Definitely the ...
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Thesis project outside of advisor's expertise

I'm working on a project outside of my advisor's experise. He doesn't have background in this area (he's not familiar with both the big picture nor the basic detail). For example, it's a machine ...
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Is it a good idea to combine the glossary and the list of notations in a mathematical PhD thesis?

I am considering including a glossary and a list of notations in my PhD thesis on mathematics. Is it a good idea to write them separately or combine them? For example, a typical entry of the list of ...
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How should I organize a thesis? — Examples of “exemplary” research theses in mathematics [closed]

I have updated the question to make it clearer. If there is something that can be further improved, please let me know. Background information: I have to write a final thesis for the completion of ...
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How to avoid plagiarism when including definitions and proofs from textbook?

I need to include some basic definitions, and simple proofs from a standard text book to my thesis. Those definitions and proofs are very basic, e.g. probability, entropy etc. Everybody knows they ...
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Whether and how to thank a girlfriend or boyfriend in the acknowledgements of thesis?

How is it received by the academia if someone thanks to his/her girlfriend/boyfriend in the acknowledgements of the thesis? I have seen writers including his/her fiancee in the acknowledgements, ...
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How is a Msc thesis judged?

I will have to submit my master of science thesis (in the engineering field) in 2 months, therefore I would like to know which aspect of the thesis are taken into account the most in the final ...
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I didn't acknowledge someone who helped with my thesis, is this considered plagiarism?

I received help from a (online) tutor in a technical support capacity in my PhD thesis. He was paid, and advised on math. notation, implementing a statistical technique (I suggested the technique) ...
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What are the 'objective circumstances' that one young researcher should take into account when choosing a research topic?

Premise: I originally asked this on MathOverflow, but it was pointed out to me that it could be better fit for Academia Stack Exchange. Note: I have received extremely varied advice on the following ...
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PHD: Same core idea but in context of different country?

I am thinking of carrying out PHD research in a subject in context of my country. But, I found out that the same topic (or same issue) has been researched by somebody else in context of his country ...
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How detailed should proofs be in a mathematical PhD thesis?

I heard this suggestion from a mathematics professor: In writing a mathematical Ph.D. thesis, it is far more tolerable to be tediously-lengthy than having a gap in the proofs. I think what he means ...
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My thesis advisor is absent in my final stage of completing my Ph.D. programme

I am a mathematics Ph.D. student who are in my final stage of completing my Ph.D. programme. My advisor is visiting an institute for a few months. The institute that he is visiting is in another ...
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How to be sure the axis labels are readable when printed? [closed]

I have doubts about the size of the axis labels I have to use to be sure they will be readable when printed. All the plots are made using Matlab and there I set the font size on 14. The plots are ...
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Should I give a copy of my thesis to those professors that supported me?

I have just received my master's degree. And I am wondering, is it academically conventional to give a copy of my thesis to those professors that directly or indirectly supported me?
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Footnotes: is there any 'rule' on how to use them?

I am writing my Msc thesis and I would like to know if it is ok to use footnotes and if there are rules about using them (maybe related to the text format or other issues about the style, for example, ...
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Running out of Algebraic Symbols

I'm currently writing my thesis in computer science. My work contains a large amount of equations to do with linear algebra, data transformations and calculus. On receiving feedback on my first draft ...
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What should I do if, after choosing a Master Thesis topic, I find an existing thesis on it in another language?

I picked a very unique topic for my Masters Thesis, only to find out that there is a Dissertation on the same topic, from 2008, in French. No other books have been published on this topic. Ugh... I ...
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Math Undergrad Wants to do Master's of Statistics

BACKGROUND I am a Canadian who is just finishing my undergraduate studies in mathematics. I enjoy mathematics, but I have recently realized that I would rather study statistics in graduate school, ...
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Is taking a method explanation from books and papers considered plagiarism?

I have been reading a few Q/A about plagiarism, but I still have a doubt about the use of books and papers to explain the method I am applying in my thesis. I mixed up the infos I found in a book ...
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What topics should go in the thesis Appendix?

I am not sure about some side-topics related to my thesis. During the development of the results I have to rely on some other mehods which are not the main topic of the thesis but since I used them to ...
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Who Owns the Publishing Rights of my Ph.D. Thesis?

I wrote my Ph.D. thesis without copy/pasting any of my prior published articles. Now that the university library got hold of my Ph.D. thesis; I'm wondering who owns the entire publishing rights of my ...
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When is it useful to include the code in a thesis?

I am writing my master of science thesis and I am not sure whether I should add some of the code I have written: they are not proper programs, but more like input files to be fed to a commercial ...
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I didn't acknowledge someone who helped with my thesis, is there anything I can or should do now?

I received help with some aspects of my PhD thesis from a tutor (proofreading and graphics). Of the help I received, some mathematical notation they provided made it into my thesis. However, I did ...
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How to Access an American PhD Thesis?

I need to download the following PhD Thesis: "LH Jensen - Large deviations of the asymmetric simple exclusion process in one dimension" However this website forces me to pay for it. I think it is ...
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Use paper as master’s thesis or sign up to a “direct” PhD program (and use the paper for this)?

I’m currently a computer science (and mathematics) B.Sc and M.Sc student in my third year (since I started my B.Sc). At the second year of my B.Sc studies, I have started to work on research (in ...