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Acceptability of 'not possible' for master thesis research [duplicate]

I am currently working on my (Computer Science) master thesis, and have been doing so now for about 5-6 months. The default time for thesis work at my university is about 9 months. Aspects such as ...
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What should be done when the theory behind a PhD thesis turns out to be wrong?

I have a friend who has been working on a PhD dissertation for over 3 years and he is supposed to be wrapping it up. Unfortunately, his thesis involves a complex model and populating the model with ...
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What happens if a math PhD student fails to find a proof that is the main objective of his/her thesis topic?

How exactly do Math theses/dissertations work? Is it fair to assume that the work involves trying to prove something? What happens if you can't? I did a thesis in Computer Science, and though my ...
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Should one thank colleagues for interesting discussions that have not actually achieved anything?

I am currently finishing a paper, and I am writing the acknowledgements section. There is a colleague with whom I have discussed several times about the question answered in the paper, who certainly ...
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What to do when research leads to poor results?

I am an MSc graduate and work as an independent researcher. I spent 10 months on a paper. I wrote many scripts in Matlab to implement four other comparative methods as well as a new method that my MSc ...
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As a new PhD supervisor, how should I deal with taking a student to a wrong direction?

I am a postdoc who was supposed to co-supervise a PhD student along with another academic who invited me for that. However, I ended up fully supervising the student after the supervisor became too ...
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How to deal with an author who worked on an analysis that never made it into the paper?

I have come across the following situation a couple of times: After an experiment has been designed and data collected, the first author of the paper wants to ascertain whether a special analysis ...
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My PhD research has a negative outcome — how can I still graduate with it?

A former PhD student at our lab had this idea for an algorithm for solving an engineering problem that has many well known solutions. The student developed preliminary results but ended up applying ...
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How to deal with a complete failure in a group research?

I’ve led a small research project with another researcher. I’ve proposed a certain approach to a problem, but in fact, this approach doesn’t work, as even its simplest toy version doesn’t work. In ...
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Got stuck with overambitious master thesis

I feel that I can get into big trouble very soon. I have been working on my master's thesis in computer science area for about 3 months(out of 6) and still haven't achieved any meaningful result. ...
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Which is more important in determining author order: time spent or results obtained?

This is in the field of life sciences, i.e. a field in which the order of authors is not determined randomly but reflects author contributions (whatever that means); in other words, being first author ...
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Found better technique just before publishing old, but still good technique – can the old one still be published?

In our lab, we hypothesized that a technique T1 should be able to solve some problem with high performance. As per our hypothesis, we got an excellent result. We started writing a short paper to be ...
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What to do when you find out your research result is wrong because it's based on wrong methods/results, after years of works?

This is not my current situation. However I've heard similar stories from different people (along with my own past experience) a few times. Therefore I want to ask a general question(the title). For ...