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MD + B.S in CS vs. MD/PhD [closed]

I am from Germany and going to University this year. I am currently undecided between studying Medicine and at the same time doing a Bachelor in Computer Science. The other option would be doing a MD/...
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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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How to deal with what appears to be a bad programming teacher

I'm taking a data bases systems course, it's one of my final 10 classes in computer sciences oriented math undergrad. This last week we took our first test and it was, in my opinion, awful. We had 13 ...
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Request to provide the Data Availability statement and Conflict Of Interest statement in the manuscript file error

I have submitted a scientific paper to a Springer journal, but unfortunately I am always receiving this Manuscript Sent Back email: Dear MY NYME, Your submission entitled "TITLE OF PAPER" ...
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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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Research Experience in PhD Proposal

I am applying to a (UK) PhD programme in theoretical computer science/maths and I am currently writing a rather technical research proposal. I have experience working on (very) closely related ...
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Phd in Computer Science Enrollment after M.tech in Electronics and Communications

I'm looking for some experience who completed or pursuing PhD Computer Science Enrollment and experience after M.tech in Electronics and Communications. Myself: I completed M.Tech in ECE (digital ...
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How should I approach writing my statement of purpose if I intend to apply for PhD in CS without a master's degree or any relevant research?

I have an undergraduate degree in CS from UK. I have a good GPA and a decent GRE score (164 Quantitative, 159 Verbal). I hope to apply to some PhD programs, most in the US, but am afraid that my lack ...
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What is the accepted percentage of overlap in the expanded conference version of a journal? [duplicate]

I submitted a journal paper to a Springer journal (Computer Science), and it is still under review for a year. I submitted the fourth revision recently. As it is taking more time than expected and I ...
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What does "research design" refer to in a peer review form?

One of the questions posed to me as a peer reviewer is: Is the research design appropriate? In my understanding, that would be an applicable question if the manuscript I am reviewing was presenting ...
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Can a peer review be too positive?

I have recently been invited to peer review an article for the first time. I must admit I went into the process expecting to find at least a number of faults with the manuscript and the idea that I ...
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Asking a potential PI to visit his lab after succesful skype interview

I couldn't find any threads here related to my particular situation, so I decided to ask here. Please guide me to a thread if you think it's already been answered! So, last month I emailed a potential ...
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Academic Papers - Language Translation and Writing Standards

I'm an undergraduate student, and I've been reading various academic papers for a Computer Security module I'm currently taking. Occasionally I run into papers with very strange/difficult to read ...
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Having conflict with certified translator about my transcript of records translation [closed]

I am a graduate in Computer Hardware Engineering who is trying to apply to a German university (for MSc). I think that the translator had some mistakes in translating my ToR, but he says that "I'...
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How broad/narrow can research interests be on statement of purpose?

I cannot understand how broad is too broad of a research interest. Honestly, I have a lot to learn and it is difficult for me to narrow it down on my statement of purpose. I know that I want to ...
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How do I make up for a mediocre undergraduate career in 2-3 gap years before a CS PhD?

Note on applicability of this question to others I’m aware of this post, which was closed for being too individual-specific. I’ve included information specific to me, but I wrote my questions to be ...
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Amount of Grading Done By Professors at Teaching-Focused Universities [closed]

In the future, I'm thinking about applying for tenure-track positions in Computer Science at teaching/undergraduate focused institutions. The kinds of places that usually have 3-3 teaching loads and ...
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