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Will having an online undergraduate degree negatively affect grad school admissions?

I've just finished high school and am looking at different options for undegrad. My long term goal is to get a PhD. I wanted to know what admission committees think of online undergraduate degrees. ...
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Finding dissertations as reference material

I'm a mathematician/computer scientist (my interests lie around the intersection of the two), and often when I want an introduction to a new research area I find that well-written dissertations are ...
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High school question about College admission [closed]

I am in an American school and I am having trouble picking between two classes. I do a lot of math olympiad stuff and am doing some cs classes. I am now taking a computer science research class at ...
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Which area has more research scope: neural networks or cryptography? [closed]

I am from Mathematics Background. I am getting an offer to a phd in cryptography but am also thinking of going in deep learning theory- which area has more scope in future in research?
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Anyone willing to read my SoP for Computer Science PhD programs? [closed]

Sorry, I do not know where the best place to request something like this would be, but any grad CS student/faculty who would be willing to read my SoP and provide some feedback? I am a rising senior, ...
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Is Intended Graduate Major places a major role in the GRE? [closed]

Recently I have attended my GRE test, and I got 318, In the Intended Graduate Major it is showing "Other Fields - Not Listed" But I want a Computer Science, Is it leads to any problems while ...
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Where should I host software for individual papers?

I'm a teen who's writing a paper on Poisson-Disc distribution over the summer for fun, and I wanted to distribute the software I used for the simulations to maintain scientific integrity. Obviously I ...
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Should a meaningless novelty be considered a novelty?

Is a useless novelty still considered a novelty? I am reviewing a paper and the method is meaningless. But the authors used somewhat creative methods (I mean it is their own method) that suggest their ...
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My undergraduate research was published but I do not know what my authorship level is. How do I find out?

I recently published my undergrad research in Information Theory at this conference called IEEE ISIT 2022. I looked up the published paper, and my name is at the first and then the other authors' ...
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As a Computer Engineering / Computer science major, i am quite anxious and embarrassed of my mathematical aptitude

Respected Academics, i hope you can help shed some light and hopefully provide some guidance. To start off, i want to clarify that i love computers since a very early age. I used to game from a very ...
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Should my poster be light on detail and stand out (BetterPoster style) or more extensive

I need to prepare a poster (67 x 97 cm) for the doctoral programme of an upcoming computer science conference. I am also presenting the paper in a talk at the main conference later on that week. I ...
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Will it hurt my chances if I state I want to study Theoretical Computer Science instead of something like AI/ML for PhD?

I will be applying to CS PhD programs coming fall. I have a BA in Mathematics right now. I am hearing that it is harder to get into a CS PhD program if I state I want to study Theoretical Computer ...
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Advisor uses student's work unethically [duplicate]

Alice's ex-advisor accused Alice of plagiarism. It wasn't plagiarism in any way and Alice tried to reason with her ex-advisor. It seemed at the time that they reached an understanding. Alice's ex-...
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Ex-advisor stopping work

Alice developed a technology and the development of the tech was funded by her ex-advisor. No user study has been done yet and there is no publication in the picture. Only the tech has been developed ...
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How to write a scientifc work of my design

I want to write a scientific master thesis. I dont want it to look like a technical report. I had to configure a system: It contains roughly 2 chips. Then this system has to send data to another ...
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What good is my paper if the code is not open source?

I have been working with my research group on a number of papers in a certain area of Computer Science. These papers have a certain portion which is theoretical (i.e. contains theorems, formalisms, ...
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Bibliography in master thesis

I got for a review one Master thesis in the field of computer science. The student mostly uses internet blogs and some lecture slides found on Internet as a source of information. This is a bit of ...
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Search articles by a specific conference in dblp

I am doing a seminar work as part of a Computer science bachelor's degree. One of the first steps is to submit the articles that the seminar work will be based on. The topic I chose is Malware ...
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How important is attending graduate school for a PhD for physics/mathematics/astrophysics research?

Is it possible for one to publish high quality research papers in the aforementioned fields without attending a graduate school? I feel that you can read online material and books about research/...
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How should I reference the original work in a survey paper?

For example, if I want to dedicate a subsection of my survey paper to another research paper, I believe I need to reference the original paper. However, how should I do that? This subsection will have ...
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Time commitment to review very long article

I've been asked to review an 80 page article (63 pages + 15 page appendix, it's computer science). I've already sunk a lot of time into this, and am maybe 2/3rds of the way through. Luckily, it is a ...
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Qutting PhD after one year and joining Masters at a better university?

I applied for both masters and Ph.D. programs in the USA. I got rejected from all the masters programs because they were from a higher tier. The only Ph.D. program I got into is a low-tier university ...
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What factors to consider for choosing a MSc program in Computer Science for someone who wants to get a Ph.D. position later?

I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. program after completing my Masters. How can I compare different Master's programs in Computer Science based on my long-term goal and choose one? Should I check a ...
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Is it possible to get into a masters program at an ivy league school in the US without a bachelors degree?

Due to a bad home life and an un-diagnosed attention disorder, I dropped out of high school in 10th grade. After teaching myself some things about computers, I got a job as a mid-level (L4) engineer ...
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Corpus linguistics building can be considered as phd research topic in NLP for computer science engineer?

Receive my greetings everyone! I'm sorry if here is not the place for such questions.And excuse me for my english.I'am not native speaker.My concern is:I 'm recently graduated student in Computer ...
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Masters if not accepted for PhD? [closed]

Several CS graduate programs in the US have a checkbox stating something along the lines of "Would you like to be considered for MS if not accepted for PhD?" in their applications. I'm ...
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how to read papers for writing a literature review article [closed]

After following a rigorous literature selection, inclusion and exclusion criteria, I have finalized (around 200) research articles for my review paper. However, now I don't know how to read those ...
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Can I switch disciplines in PhD programs? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student, looking to apply to PhD programs in Computer Science next year. I am interested in quite a lot of things in CS, especially Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial ...
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What should I choose between the Georgia Tech MSCS and CMU MCDS programs? [closed]

I am admitted to both the Georgia Tech MSCS (Specialization in Machine Learning), and the CMU MCDS programs. Georgia Tech costs me around 30k USD while CMU costs me 120k USD. Both are 1.5 year long. ...
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Why do Masters + PhD, when you can just do a PhD and then do a PostDoc?

Let's say someone (me) is having a tough time deciding if they want to concentrate in machine learning or complexity theory. Instead of doing a masters first to explore research/coursework in both ...
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How to handle disagreements with supervisor on aspects of research?

I am in a research project roughly related to applying machine learning in a particular application, and the supervisors (multiple) has decided the main research direction, because my role is ...
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Does making the second author an equal contributor affect its supervisory role in a 3-author paper?

I am a PhD graduate and I supervised a Master's student in a research work that lead to a publication. The Master student is the first author, then it is me, and then is the name of our advisor. Since ...
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How should someone handle a course failure or prevent it?

I thought about my failure in the course a thousand times and could not think of any solution that could have helped me to pass the course successfully. Introduction In 2017, I was studying a graduate ...
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How to get in touch with researchers for sparring/discussing

I am a PhD student in computer science at a German university, working remotely on the PhD. I do not get much support from my professor (anymore) in terms of time for discussions and I have little to ...
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PhD in computer science and work as a mathematician

I want to ask if it is possible to be a mathematician (while also being a computer scientist reseaching in a mathematical related field). I really love mathematics, specifically analytic number theory....
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What to do about PhD when one is interested in multiple areas?

Do you have any tips for students interested in 2 or 3 areas in the same department but not in the same area? For example, I'm in computer science phd admit in the USA interested in both cryptography ...
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How to differentiate between the concept and the implementation in a computer science thesis?

A common structure of a thesis in computer science has the following structure: Introduction Related Work (Requirement) Analysis Concept Implementation Evaluation Conclusion Considering such a ...
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Double Majoring in CS and Math for a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science?

I'm a undergrad in CS and Math. My plan for college and beyond is to double major in Computer Science and Math, go to industry for a couple years then get a masters in Comp/Electrical engineering. ...
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Documenting and publishing an algorithm with zero experience

Apologies if this is a loaded question, the closest thing I can find is this post and while some of the answers were helpful, I feel I'm not close to solving my problem, hopefully this thread can ...
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Choosing a Master's program with less than one semester time for thesis

I want to apply for a Master's degree in computer science in Italy. I noticed that some Master's programs in Italy give you less than one semester to work on your thesis. My goal is to apply for a Ph....
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Do you graduate slower with TA funding for PhD students?

I am in computer science in the usa with a PHD offer. I’ve been told that if u get funded with a TA position, it doesn’t necessarily slow your graduation time. Is this true? It seems obvious to me ...
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Can independent study classes hurt/help grad school admissions?

My liberal arts college does not offer many courses that are considered required by many CS PhD programs. Our college offers an independent study option where I can propose the topic I want to study ...
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Helping PhD student when supervisor does not offer help

A friend (1st year PhD student) is facing some technical issues with writing a code (Computer science) that she finds difficult. The supervisor does not want her to get any help from lab members. ...
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Is it normal for a first-year CS PhD student to learn/relearn so many computer skills?

I am a first year CS PhD student, I find myself spend 80% of my independent study time learning many computer skills rather than the contents of my research. Does it mean I am less capable than other ...
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What does it mean for a professor to take on someone as their PhD student?

To give more context, I am in the US. I am a first-year PhD student in CS, and I was admitted without an advisor. Over the first semester, I have talked to many professors to see if our research ...
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Is it going to hurt me that my undergraduate research was conducted in a group, but not one-on-one with a professor?

I conducted summer research with my Computer Science(CS) professor last summer. However, we were a group of three students. The end result was three papers written and all three of them contain our ...
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I found an error in software implementation in the paper currently under peer review [duplicate]

I found an error in software implementation in the paper currently under peer review. Modifying the software does not change the idea of the paper and does not change the major conclusion and ...
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My undergraduate research is in a different area from what I want to study in graduate school (PhD). Is this bad?

I am looking for CS PhD programs in the US. I am currently an undergraduate and have conducted summer research in Theoretical Computer Science/Coding Theory. However, this is not something I wanna ...
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Computer Science PhD Application Process Confusion

I am looking for PhD programs in CS in the US. I am currently a junior at a liberal arts college in the US. I have started looking at programs that I am interested in by reading some of the research ...
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What exactly constitutes as Novelty in academia? [closed]

In the world of academia what exactly counts as a novelty, when we talk about a novel idea or more specifically when we say Academic Novelty ? I am trying to start writing on a particular topic (...
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