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On standards or conventions specific to computer science as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Reference on availability of source code used in computer science research articles?

I have several questions related to open-sourcing the source code used for a research article. Is there any research/study that addresses any of the following: What percentage of research articles ...
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Why don't researchers publish failed experiments?

The following might be a slight generalization for all fields but something I've noticed especially in the field of Scientific Computing: Why don't people publish failures? I mean, if they tried some ...
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Implications of being accepted without funding to a computer science PhD in the United States?

I was accepted into Ohio State University CS PhD without funding. I have heard that people who can show their capability may get funding after getting into the program. Is this understanding correct? ...
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After PhD in Aerospace Engineering, could I be admitted into a top university for a second PhD in Computer Science?

I currently work as an Aerospace Engineer for the Department of Defense for nearly 6 years now, and I have a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from a top-10 university in the United States. I am seriously ...
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Why are conference papers so important in computer science (CS)?

From my understanding many CS conferences are highly selective and the papers are peer-reviewed. The CS field also seems to publish traditional journal articles. I do not understand the difference ...
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Doing a masters degree level research without following a Master Course

I have a degree in computer science but I don't have any research experience. But everyday I read research papers from free journals. I also managed to understand the content of them. Now I want to do ...
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After my PhD how much salary should I expect as a professor of computer science?

It's easy for me to find out salaries for tech-jobs but it seems Professor salaries are quite hush-hush. I really love to teach and would be more than willing to join academia. However, I may choose ...
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Is it wrong to impose a challenging time constraint on exams?

I've noticed that many professors seem to impose extremely tight time limits on their exams, even though the subject in question would never have such extreme time constraints in real life. For ...
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A reference that is old, has no bibtex entry, and probably not well-known throughout the readership. How to cite this?

I am writing an article for an audience that mostly consists of computer scientists. A specific part of the subject is motivated by Kirchhoff's laws. I intend to mention this fact and reference the ...
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Best-practice models for “research” code?

I have been a professional software developer for a number of years, I'm also an academic researcher - and my research has involved lots of software development. I sometimes feel as though my ...
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How can I signal that I don't intend to follow up the items in my “Future Work” section?

I'm currently writing a paper that is based on work that I won't be following up on, as I'm changing career directions. I believe that the work raises a number of questions and ideas for future work, ...
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Is obtaining a PhD from an Asian country really a career suicide?

There is a proverb going around for a long time Doing a PhD from an Asian country is a career suicide. What is the significance of this proverb in case of Computer Science? Does this also include ...
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I discovered a mistake in my own published workshop paper, how do I handle errata?

I am PhD student and the main author of a research-in-progress report in computer science. The paper is already published at a workshop (in the proceedings, this is not a journal paper) and was ...
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Will a PhD help me as a startup founder?

I'm planning to get double honours in CS and Pure Math. (Link to my previous post.) But I'm very confused about getting a PhD. Will it help me as a startup founder? The only thing that is stopping me ...
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How important is age in CS PhD admissions?

I just entered a MS in Computer Science in a mid tier state school. I'm interested in taking things to the next level, but I just turned 30. By the time I do the math and everything, I'll probably ...
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PhD Admissions Importance: Research vs. Grades

I have read and been told that research is the single most important factor for applying for PhD programs in STEM fields. But, I also hear that GPA and GRE scores are the first cutting point for ...
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Changing field from Computer Science to Philosophy

I am a Computer Science graduate and I have been realising that my true passion lies in Philosophy, as for the past 5 or 6 years (I am 26) I have been constantly asking questions about life, ...
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How can I get into computer science research as a high school student?

I am in High-School but want to pursue research in Computer Science, but as you know High-School usually does not offer any such options or tasks. So I want to explore avenues where I can get these ...
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Parameter quantifying the number of publications expected from a good researcher [closed]

Is there any such notion of parameter that quantifies the number of journal articles someone has to publish to be a good researcher or to obtain his tenure? For instance, how many publications per ...
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What is the point of a PhD thesis whose content already exists in published papers?

In my area (computer science) it is standard to publish several papers during the course of your PhD and then only "write" your thesis in the last few months of graduate school --- often you only ...
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Rankings of Computer Science conferences and journals

I was wondering if there is any kind of "reliable" CS conferences ranking available on the web. I have searched on SCImago, but I believe it only ranks journals, and there is no mention about ...
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Inadmissible theorems in research

One of my engineering friends told me how he once had to take a make-up calculus I exam due to being hospitalised and so self-studied a lot of the missed topics. For the make-up exam, he used L'...
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Is the status of conference publications in Computer Science really absolutely unique?

It has been discussed and explained many times that in (at least some subdisciplines of) Computer Science, conference publications have a special status compared to many other fields - where in other ...
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Is improving a simple algorithm without beating the state of the art still publishable?

In a particular field there are two algorithms being used: Algorithm Simple: you understand it in five minutes, you can implement it in fifteen. Algorithm State of the Art (SOA): requires very ...
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Non-academic positions after PhD in computer science

With the academic job situation so tight and uncertain, I am thinking of jobs outside academia (after a PhD in Computer Science). There are plenty of programming jobs that require an undergrad or even ...
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After my employment ends, can I keep working without pay at my current research center, on independent research?

I have a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. I worked as a Research Engineer in a Research Center. It was a fully paid Engineering position funded by European projects. However, my contract ...
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Why is the admission process centralized, when the professor who is actually funding may not be in the committee?

This question is based on some observations which could be wrong (in that case, let me know). I am applying to PhD program in various universities in US in theoretical computer science (TCS). Some of ...
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How do I get into a Computer Science Masters without an undergrad in CS?

I have discovered that I enjoy computer science immensely and I would like to pursue a masters degree in computer Science. My undergrad was Neuroscience (biology) with a minor in Bioinformatics. I ...
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How to improve myself as a recitation (discussion,lab,tutorial) teacher?

This question is related to How to improve myself as a lecturer?. However, being a PhD student, my main teaching obligation is leading recitations, i.e. sessions for groups of ~20 students that take ...
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What are some effective ways for someone without a graduate degree to increase their chances of getting hired as a lecturer?

Context I am graduating from a Bachelor's degree (Computer Science) at the end of the year from a fairly large Australian university (top50 world). I am keen for a lecturing role (only teaching) at ...
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Do I still need a PhD to do research if I have double honours in CS and Pure Math?

I'm planning to get double honours in CS and Pure Math. I'm confused what's the biggest benefit of Ph.D. will be for me? People say you learn to do research, but I can do research(as I have the ...
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How much research experience do US grad schools really expect from an undergraduate CS student?

I'm in my third year at college, currently pursuing CS. I've developed quite an interest in social network analysis and machine learning and have, thus, been working on research papers that lie within ...
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Number of publications needed to get into a computer science PhD program?

I've looked at the resumes of the type of candidates that get into computer science PhD programs at the top few universities (e.g. Stanford, MIT etc.) and a lot of them seem to have multiple ...
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What precisely does “ISI-indexed publications” mean?

I'm currently looking at the requirements of a (Comp. Sci.) job that seems to only take into account "ISI-indexed publications". I'm vaguely aware of what ISI is and so forth, but I'm struggling to ...
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How can I complete the prerequisites for Masters in Computer Science on my own?

My Background: I am an EE graduate, working in a Software Company from last 2+ years as an Application Developer(Java & J2EE). Recently I started thinking of going back to college and do my Master'...
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what is the best way to take missing courses before applying to MS?

I am holding bachelor degree in applied math and physics, which I received in Moscow State University. I have rather normal grades (average 4.3 out of 5). My BS thesis ("Weight optimization of ...
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Hiring a faculty consultant

We need to hire a computer scientist with a very particular specialty as a consultant for a long term industrial research project. We've read the relevant papers and so know who does good work in it. ...
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How can I find a second supervisor?

I'm in the second half of my Phd in a technical field in Germany. As it is common in Germany, it is not a structured PhD program but an independent PhD without any course work/mentors etc. I am not ...
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Reference on the time it takes for a source code used for a research article to be released

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at how much time it takes for the authors of a research article to release the source code? Ideally I'm looking for an approximation distribution. ...
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Where and how are Computer Science researchers publishing datasets?

We are publishing articles that use several different datasets acquired from user (clinicians, physicians and radiologists) analysis through interaction to our healthcare systems [1, 2, 3]. We would ...
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What are the masters options available for getting into computer vision and image processing research from an electronics background? [duplicate]

Having done bachelors in electronics and instrumentation and a research experience in the field of image processing and computer vision and some publications in the same, what are the possible MS ...
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Is it advisable to get a recommendation letter from industry for a Masters program in Computer Science in the US? [closed]

Most US colleges require three letters of recommendation from prospective Masters students. There are two professors that I have worked with extensively in my institute, and I am sure that they can ...
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In a formal paper, should I censor “brainf**k”, the name of a programming language?

I'm working on a formal paper about programming languages. I am going to talk about two intentionally difficult languages, brainfuck and JSFuck. Should I leave the names as they are, or censor the ...
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“Dressing down” to impress in academic settings

I came across this highly-upvoted comment on reddit (15,300 karma) by /u/Semi-Hemi-Demigod The CEO of the company I work for said that it's not uncommon for programmers to be asked to dress down ...
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How to handle a colleague who hasn't pulled their weight

I'm working on a project with a partner that involves developing a mobile app and corresponding server. I won't bother with the specifics, but both involve a fair amount of work (both require some ...
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Why are academics not paid royalties on published research papers in IEEE, ACM etc.? [closed]

I understand that academics are not paid a single dime on their publications. In my field (computer science), IEEE, ACM, Springer, Elsevier are some known journals/publications and none of them pay ...
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Will I destroy my career if I published a paper with a serious mistake?

I'm an undergrad and kind of new to this whole research thing. I've been doing research for the past ~9 months as a requirement to graduate with my bachelor's (there's the research track and software ...
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How to react to a student proselytising during office hours?

A few weeks ago, a student asked me during my office hours whether I was religious or not. More specifically, he asked whether I believed in his religion, and was visibly disappointed when I replied ...
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Failing postdoc?

After a successful PhD in computer science (including some awards from top conferences, internship at top industry research labs, and a good number of citations to my ~15 papers) in a top-10 US school,...
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Is it normal that a peer reviewer would ask for an executable file in order to check my results?

I have just received a decision letter for my submitted manuscript to an Elsevier journal. It was a revise and resubmit. However one of the reviewer asked for an executable file in order to check my ...