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Questions concerning acquisition, handling, presentation, publication, and other practices related to use of data in academic research.

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Is it okay for me to show some other publication's data for data comparison reasons without prior permission if I properly reference/cite their work?

Suppose publication Smith (2016) had a study that investigated whether professors liked apples, and found that they did. Now suppose that I wish to have my own study that investigated whether ...
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Why are some academic research datasets not available to people who only have freely available email addresses?

Why are some academic research datasets not available to people who only have freely available email addresses? For example, ImageNet is not available to people only have freely available email ...
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Data collection methods without fieldwork

I am a graduate student in education who recently had a child. I have devised a few plans/topics that would work for my thesis but I keep revisiting them because they require a lot of data collection ...
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Using public profile data from website for research

A member of our department plans to download millions of profiles from a public website. The data is freely accessible after you have logged in, though there is a company behind the website that does ...
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Ethics of gathering data from social networks for research

I am starting to work on my thesis on analyzing the social network. My question is about using ethical procedures to access data. Is it ethical to use Facebook messages as the source of my data if I ...
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What agreement will allow the publication of research based on (anonymized) private data? [closed]

An associate has publishable research that is derived from (anonymized) school system data. What language should be used (in a memorandum of understanding with the school system) to assure that all ...
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Do I need to contact the author before using data available in supplementary material or open data linked to article?

More and more journals require authors to make their data available, as an increasing trend to open science and reproducibility. If I want to use some data openly accessible that is linked to a ...
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Where can I find hard data on students' reasons for being students?

Have any studies been done of students' motives for being students at universities? At one extreme there are those who want to study at a university in disregard of the disapproval of their parents ...
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Is it OK to re-use data from a previously publication in a new publication?

In a previously-published paper we have one chart with about 6 traces — a pair of controls, and four test subjects. We are now preparing a follow-up paper in which one of the test subjects now acts ...
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Open data and copyrights for a thesis

In my thesis, I am using other people's open data, and I cut and paste the description of it and reference its source and its copyright (if it is identifiable in the source). My question is if that'...
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Ethics behind using external excel freelancer to help with my thesis?

I have been working very hard on my thesis and I have reached a point with my data where I am required to code. I am no where near experienced in coding, and there is also not enought time left to ...
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Sorting Data in Tables [closed]

Am I allowed to sort data in tables? Say in my notebook, I recorded the following: Distance (cm) Time (s) ± 0.01 cm ± 0.02 s 100.00 10.00 0.00 0.00 10.00 ...
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Can an algorithm tested only on artificial data be accepted in a high rank conference?

I devised a classification algorithm which is useful for specific complicated distribution of classes of data. The method works good on the artificial data which cannot be solved by typical algorithms ...
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Can you publish studies based on confidential customer data that comes from private companies?

I am working on a project in biostatistics involving some private companies. Specifically, these companies share data about their customers with us and we try to apply our algorithm to this data. The ...
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What is the best way to cite NCBI data for my paper?

I'm currently writing my paper, and I have to compare some DNA sequences. But I found some samples have already been analyzed. So I used analyzed data from NCBI and my own new data (different species)...
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Hypotheses that cannot be sufficiently tested

My understanding is that a hypothesis is not scientific unless there is a way to sufficiently test it. Is it ever acceptable to present a hypothesis that cannot be sufficiently tested? I can ...
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infinite/sustainable hosting of a web-interface to a research database

I am a postdoc in the humanities and I am drafting a funding application for a project envisaging the development of a research database. The project will last no more than 2-3 years and as a postdoc ...
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Ethics of a potential collaborator removing another researcher from a project?

I work for an organization that has some research restrictions -- for instance, we do not allow non-employees to have direct data access for security purposes. I recently invited an academic ...
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What are the guidelines for using public datasets for publication?

Data are available publicly on several websites e.g. icpsr, databank, UK Data Archive. I am seeking guidelines, references and examples about using these open data for research. In other words, I want ...
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How to obtain research data about IT related subjects? [closed]

I'm doing a study which requires me to get data about which operating systems are used the most on mobile devices. Since I need to refer to the sources in the official document, those sources need to ...
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Good methods for creating high quality scatterplots [closed]

What free programs/software are best for creating publication-quality scatterplots? I'm looking for something like this: Square, small (take ups about 1/4 to 1/3 of a single column in a two-column ...
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Asking a company for permission to use website data for research

I'm a researcher, and I want to scrape a website (specifically, TripAdvisor) to collect data in order to use it for a research project. However, in reading the website's terms & conditions, I ...
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Removing outliers. Would it be called cherrypicking data? [closed]

Could removing outliers be called cherrypicking data? Because, to run some tests, outliers have to be removed. And they even turn up unexpectedly ruining good data. I still haven't yet started ...
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Publishing as a IEEE letter vs article

I am writing a paper and am planning to submit it to one of the IEEE journals. I wrote the full paper and then realized that it is possible that the particular journal requires experimental validation ...
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Make the readers [supervisor] understand the effort I put on data construction in an academically sound way

In my Master thesis I use an alternative database, namely histdata.com which provides free tick by tick data (kinda rough data that need a lot of coding to be transformed but free). To the best of my ...
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Sole data analyst in an academic lab, is authorship viable?

I am in a very biological sciences heavy laboratory where every one has a basic background in the biological sciences and that's pretty much it. I was recently hired as a research employee (non grad ...
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Given a journal policy that authors must share original data, am I free to use this data without granting original authors authorship?

There is a large database maintained by a group of scientists. This group of scientists have made a considerable effort to get many other scientists to contribute to this database, and make it ...
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Where to host lots of experiment data [duplicate]

We are a masters degree student group who have conducted a quite significant study which has pulled a lot of interest from the HCI/MI communities in CS. We have been encouraged to host all our data ...
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Should I use schema.org/CreativeWork to publish my list of talks/papers/publications?

What's the best practice on publishing your list of talks/papers/publications on the web? Is there any benefit with annotating it with http://schema.org/CreativeWork properties? Are there any ...
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Is there a tool like the Open Science Framework that can be run on a private server?

I am very impressed by the Open Science Framework. Unfortunately, for some projects I cannot put any data in a cloud especially if it is not encrypted. Are there similar tools which allow me to keep ...
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Can publicly available datasets which are hosted in Github be used in research papers?

I am in a dilemma. I have used an old publicly available dataset for some of my analysis and want to publish it. But the problem is that it was publicly available and hosted in a website (infochimps....
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Do professors from different fields use the same data set in different ways?

I have no experience with data analysis but a data analysis project was offered to me in the past by one of my math professors. It would have been a PCA project, where PCA means "Principle Component ...
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What data analysis software should a supervisor recommend to their research students? [closed]

Often I have found that research students who have learned to do experiments have not learned to use software to handle their data effectively. It's not within my power to insert the appropriate ...
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Appropriate to mention using a lab's dataset when seeking grad student position in that lab?

I'm in the scenario where I'm approaching my final year of undergrad and am looking for a potential advisor for grad school; I've done my research on their research, including reading through several ...
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Where to upload/publish gigabytes of experiment data [closed]

I have conducted experiment that had unexpected result which goes against consensus in my community and I worry whether it will be accepted by other researchers. For that reason I would like to make ...
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Ethics and legality of scraping (and ultimately publishing about) publicly available information from journal websites

I'm interested in scraping publicly available information from journal websites (such as article titles, authors, abstracts, and keywords). After scraping the data, I'm interested in analyzing the ...
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Is there any obligation for authors of a paper to provide the dataset used in their research, upon request?

I've recently read a curious article on machine learning where the author used a very interesting dataset, which would normally take thousands of man-hours to recreate. Now, assuming I would like to ...
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Are there any data repositories commonly used in conjunction with arXiv? [duplicate]

I will soon be posting an article to arXiv, and I have supplementary data that is approximately 800MB in size, which I would like to make available somewhere. Are there any data repositories that are ...
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How should I share (cite) my datasets and R analysis/code files in my thesis?

I'm trying to follow some of the best practices of the "open science" movement. In my thesis, I've performed all of the analyses in R (a non-proprietary, open-source program for analyzing data), and ...
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Restricting details in privacy-related research to prevent abuse

I'm starting to do research in machine learning on sensitive datasets, which sometimes seems like a double-edged sword. For instance, some projects involve showing how a company/organization/...
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Bulk download Sci-Hub papers [closed]

I wonder whether it is possible to bulk download all papers stored in Sci-Hub. I am aware of the questions: Is there a more user-friendly way to download multiple articles from arXiv? Bulk download ...
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Public dataset without license: what is allowed?

Many public scientific datasets are accompanied by a license, for example variations of Creative Commons are used quite often. However, in many cases public academic datasets lack any licensing ...
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Is it ok to share a a client's dataset on github, along with my code?

EDIT: I originally tried to make the context as brief as possible, but I may have overdone it. Context I'm starting to put some data analysis I'm asked to do on Github, and licensing all my work (...
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Whether to exclude standard deviation in plot of outcomes of a series of experiments?

I have performed 21 different experiments, which I have repeated 3 times in total (63 samples gathered). I plan to compare data using a bar plot. For bar plotting, I initially decided that I will ...
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What solutions exist to store data in text files and future-proof against tampering? [closed]

A recent question in Information and Security Stack Exchange, How to know whether a textfile has been edited or tampered with raises a very good point: if one wants to archive experimental data ...
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Sharing data (not a data set) with a research paper

How to share data accompanying a research paper? I know there exist some places to share datasets, but sometimes I would like to share data that are not data set (e.g. experiment parameters, results, ...
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Is it valid to pad an axis slightly in order to enhance point visibility?

My apologies in advance if this questions is better suited to be migrated elsewhere. In a standard (X,Y) Cartesian line/dot plot the axis should be placed in a contextually logical place. In a graph ...
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Is providing an unpublished dataset worthy of coauthorship?

I’m working on a paper and I realized I do not have an adequate dataset (for reference, this is in a subfield of machine learning), nor do I have the time to personally go and create one. A colleague ...
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How to share a scientific dataset with the research community

Background: I am a PhD student and am one step away from graduating. I have created a dataset in 3D microscopy vision, particularly 3D surface reconstruction from scanning electron microscope images, ...
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Data sets of academic conference budgets

I am looking for data sets of academic conference budgets. I am mostly interested in the expenditure/revenue breakdown. Ideally, other information such as as number of attendees and location would be ...