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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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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 ...
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What's the expected level of paper for top conferences in Computer Science [closed]

What's the expected level of paper to be submitted to top level conferences in theoretical computer science (FOCS/SODA/STOC)? I think there should be four main concern: Is it a novel results? How ...
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Why are papers accepted even if they don't release code or data to allow reproducibility?

Recently, we had a lecture about Reproducible research on of the slides was: Reproducibility: start from the same samples/data, use the same methods, get the same results. Replicability: ...
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How to overcome “No Research Experience” in CS Ph.D applications

I am a 4th year computer engineering undergraduate student who will apply for Ph.D. programs this winter/spring, for the next fall semester. I have decided to become an academic 2 years ago, and head ...
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Will lack of teaching experience be a major hindrance for a faculty position?

I'm currently a post doc (in theoretical computer science) and the only teaching experience I had so far was to teach some tutorial classes for undergraduate courses and giving some "guest lectures" ...
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General structure of Research Statement (applying for faculty position)

I'm going to apply for assistant professor positions (in theoretical computer science) soon, and I'm trying to get a feeling for how to write a good research statement. Should it contain a detailed ...
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Is it possible to complete a PhD in CS in 3 years?

I have always wanted to get a PhD. I'm in my thirties now and have a full time job. I don't necessarily need to get a PhD for my job, though it could open doors to a few research jobs that I can't ...
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Computer science central source for CFPs [closed]

In the field of computer science, is there somewhere out there a central database containing a complete list (or at least most of the important one) of conferences and Call For Papers (CFP) to browse ...
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What should I do with small research results in theoretical computer science?

I am a PhD student who works in theory. I was working on some problem for the last 6-7 weeks. After doing a survey for two weeks it took me about four weeks to solve a research problem. Along with my ...
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Getting back into academics after an industry stint: what can I do while still in industry to improve my research profile?

I am a computer science engineer with around 3 years of experience designing and implementing large scale software systems. I chose to join a job right after my masters, to get a feel of what the ...
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How to evaluate undergrad CS programs when eventually aiming for PhD?

My daughter has a strong interest in theoretical computer science, and she has just been admitted to several different universities as a freshman. She is just a bright student, not a genius, with a ...
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How can a senior undergraduate find academic journals in math and computer science?

I am going to be a senior undergraduate and am looking to really find the area of research that I would like to be engaged in during graduate-school/senior year. I have submitted one conference paper ...
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Are open-book exams generally a superior way to test understanding on practical courses?

I understand why it would be a bad idea to allow math students access to paper materials as it is necessary for students to know the basic math formulas by heart. But what about advanced practical ...
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How much is submission acceptance to high-profile conferences influenced by internal politics?

I was speaking with several professors in my department about submission to high-profile conferences like CHI in human-computer interaction. Most of the professors were of the opinion that acceptance ...
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How much effort do researchers take to publish their source code?

When publishing a paper, some researchers publish the source code used for the paper. Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at how much effort do researchers take to publish their source ...
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My supervisor plagiarised my bachelor thesis: what can I do about it?

In July 2012 I submitted a bachelor's thesis on a machine learning topic. I designed an algorithm that I developed in Java. Now I have found a publication (September 2012) by my supervisor with all ...
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Should I supply code along with my paper submission?

I am submitting a paper to a machine learning/computer vision conference. Is it worthwhile to include some source code of my implementation so that the reviewers can test it themselves or gain a ...
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H-1B Visa Sponsorship by Universities

The statements of "Applicants who are invited to campus for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by the time of hire." is ...
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Creating paper on software tool

In my master thesis I developed a software tool that improves a common workflow used in a certain industry. Currently, no such tool exists, and this workflow is conducted manually all around the globe....
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Hiring academics for very large industrial consulting projects - how to find an arrangement without full-time employees?

As described in Hiring a faculty consultant, we need to hire a faculty consultant. The initial stages are perhaps only 100 hours, but subsequent stages may blossom to ten times that. Will good ...
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Job market after PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

The Question: Do people in the industry consider HCI a non-technical field? Do they expect me to have more design and social science skills than technical ones? Finally, does having a PhD in HCI ...
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Advice for a math PhD student who is also interested in a part of EE/CS

I'm a pure math (geometry/topology-oriented) PhD student at a top-level American university. I recently got interested in machine learning and read the recent papers. Unfortunately, machine learning ...
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Is it possible to get into a good masters program in computer science with a 3-3.5 GPA?

I'm currently a third-year student at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. I'm still on the fence regarding whether or not I want to pursue a ...
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When is it acceptable to report classmates who cheat on an exam? [duplicate]

So for one of my computer science classes, we have a WhatsApp chat among all students in the class to network and help each other out with questions regarding homework, or if we have any confusion on ...
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How should I compare my algorithm to others when their code is not available?

In computer science, we usually implement our work into algorithms and codes. So in order to compare our work to others, we also need to implement their approaches as well. But the problem is that ...
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Why would a grad school not want me to defer admission?

I have been accepted to a fairly competitive online computer science-related graduate program (in the US). It is a part-time program geared toward working professionals. During the application process,...
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Adviser wants to be joint first author, even though I did most of the research

In my research, my adviser only gives minimal advice that is limited to the direction of the research and defining the problems. I can say I do most of the thinking, the actual solutions of the ...
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Mentioning a Professor and his comment in a mail without his permission

Can I mention someone's(academic) name and comment which I got from a mail, to another academic (to increase the credibility of my work) without informing the first academic that I am going to use his ...
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How undergraduate research area affects Ph.D. admission chances?

I would like to do a Ph.D. in CS and I will start doing research as an undergraduate student soon, and I will be applying next year (December 2014) at good (say top 15) US universities. My problem is ...
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What are the options for a drop out turned professional to return to academia?

I dropped out of an e-commerce program fourteen years ago (yes, it was a short-lived idea for a program). I entered the work force, but kept self-educating ever since. Around seven years ago I began a ...
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If a paper or software is released to the public, can the university still file a patent?

It is my understanding that patents can be invalidated if there is prior art to the technique at hand; DJB has a piece that would suggest that this way authors can inadvertently invalidate their own ...
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Research Methodology Books for beginners in Computer Science research

I am looking for Research Methodology textbooks in the field of Computer Science. Most books I came across are useful to social science, economics etc. In our part of the world a person who wants to ...
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Is getting a good grade enough to ask for a letter of recommendation for a grad school application?

I'm about to start a 5th year Master's program in CS at my university (one extra year after B.S. for a M.S.). I've also been looking at applying to grad schools for a PhD program, and the main thing ...
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what steps to take when research result is patentable

I'm working on a nearly completed paper in CS. It deals with a memory module design, which, apart from being a novel idea, turned out to be of potentially commercial value. Now I was thinking of ...
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Which type of paper is best for computer science, journal or conference?

Paper submissions always put weight on our resume, specifically for students who are applying for a Ph.D. Conference papers are different from journal papers, at least in few cases. Which one puts ...
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Is it OK to ask the graduate chair if my background is competitive?

I'm planning to apply for a M.S. in some Universities at the US, and at one of those, I tried 2 times and failed (bad GRE scores). Now I reapplied, and got better results (Q:159, V:154, A:3.5), but ...
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Submission of two papers in one conference?

I wanted to know whether it is allowed and also plausible to submit two papers at the same conference? Does the acceptance or rejection of one affect the acceptance or rejection of the other paper?
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Why conferences are the main venue for CS research?

Based on @JeffE's suggestion here, I see many CS researchers care mostly about conferences deadlines. Even when they want to read papers, usually they check the recent proceedings of different ...
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How do I keep my tenure track job search confidential?

I work as a research scientist for a tech company. I publish frequently in top venues in my area and, at the same time, I've been adjuncting at well-known universities to teach classes. I don't feel ...
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How to maintain a good relationship with advisor when there is no need for it but I want it?

I want a good relationship with my advisor. But he is very busy with his projects and I am very busy with my master thesis as well. It is very clear to me where my project is going, I just need time ...
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Awards when applying for faculty jobs

Is there any significance of having received multiple "best paper awards" (in the field of theoretical computer science) when applying for faculty positions after a postdoc? Do the hiring committees ...
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How can a PhD in Machine Learning and AI help you in a life out of Academia? [closed]

I have applied for a Ph.D. in Computer Science. I do not, however, plan to become an academic afterward. What I want to achieve is to try to commercialize my research by founding a startup or find a ...
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Pursuing a second masters in a more established school

Consider this situation, I get accepted for a second masters degree at the University of Toronto, and just before that I graduate with a masters degree in a much less established university. Both ...
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Which is more important for PhD applicants — Quality or quantity of research papers?

While applying to a PhD program in computer science, which one is more important? Publishing 4 or 5 medium/low-quality journal or conference papers or publishing only one paper in a top journal? The ...
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How flexible are number-of-pages submission guidelines for conferences?

I'd like to submit a paper to a conference in computer science. The conference's submission guidelines state 14 as the maximum number of pages. Should I take it at face value? My paper is 20 pages ...
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Is a general GRE test required if I have already passed a GRE Subject Test?

Disclaimer: The GRE Program discontinued the Computer Science Test If I have already passed a GRE Subject Test for Computer Science, do I still need to pass the general GRE test? Which test should I ...
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I want to transition from Mathematics to Computer Science for a PhD. Will post-baccalaureate studies in Computer Science help me?

In order to better understand my questions it is best to provide some context to them. Background: I completed a B.Sc. degree in pure mathematics several years ago. I kept in contact with my letters ...