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How to go about publishing a paper solving a new problem

I am a computer science student in university, at work I stumbled across what I believe is a NP-Hard problem that I have an active interest to solve in it's complete form. I have no experience in ...
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Conducting an academic research in computer engineering msc [closed]

I'm finding it difficult to know the exact methods, algorithms to use for my academic research. I've seen a lot of researchers use a lot of methods. But at this point I don't really know the exact one ...
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How to prepare for the Quals in Math early on?

I'll be starting graduate school in mathematics this fall. Obviously what worries me are the qualifying exams. What is the best way for me to prepare myself in these subjects from now on? I'm kind of ...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

I submitted an NSF research grant proposal (Mathematics) last year. The status for my proposal shows "pending" on the website. I was talking to a professor recently, who told me that she was ...
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What next step would be best with my preferred math PhDs in mind? [closed]

I applied for PhDs this December. My undergrad is in computer science and my master’s which I have just finished is in theoretical computer science, both in Greece. I was mostly aiming for a math PhD ...
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With computation tools available, why are we still not teaching any proofs in the first-year calculus/linear algebra for deeper understanding?

My understanding of the first-year calculus/linear algebra in the U.S. is that: students basically only need to memorize all kinds of math formulas instead of theories (even for theorems, for example ...
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What are the different mathematical cultures out there? That is, what universities focus on what fields and subfields in mathematics?

I am a soon-to-be undergraduate: a double-major in mathematics and computer science (but I have plenty of graduate-level mathematics courses I was advised to take by several professors). However, ...
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Inquiry regarding my MSc degree in Mathematical Physics

I did my post graduation (MSc) in the branch Mathematical Physics in India. I have qualified national level Mathematics examination for this. Now I want to pursue my PhD in Mathematics but I am ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

This question is partly inspired by this thread. I am mentoring a student who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world like applied math, ...
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What to do when a math paper “under review” contains a true but not clear step in a proof?

A few weeks ago, I submitted a mathematical paper in which the main proof contains a sentence that says: “by X and by Y, then Z is true”. It turns out that, luckily, the sentence is true. However, it ...
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How do you respond to people who say pure mathematics has less value than applied mathematics because "it doesn't have any practical application"? [closed]

I'm a Math PhD student in pure math. Many times I have encountered people who just doesn't value pure math or does not see the beauty of pure math. Most of the time these are those people who haven't ...
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Master's thesis on uninteresting topic not really related to my background

I have started a master thesis in applied mathematics with the aim of studying a paper of my supervisor. This paper uses some "basic" results of a theory (semi algebraic geometry i.e. SAG) ...
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Does an offer for tutorials amount to rejection from a summer program?

I recently received the results of the selection process of an application for summer courses and jobs (in the context of courses for undergraduates, mathematics and the United States). On the part of ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

Would you consider it plagiarism if you receive a hint from somewhere or someone regarding a reference to look up certain information but fail to give credit to this source or person in your work? For ...
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Organisation of a math thesis

Do you think it's appropriate to introduce notational aspects right after presenting the main topic in the introductory section of your thesis? Personally, I prefer not to include notations in an ...
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Is it ethical to study online solutions to for-credit math master's homework problems?

I am taking Complex Analysis for a master's degree in Pure Mathematics. The grade is: Three written evaluations. Questions the teacher asks that must be submitted every week. The teacher's ...
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How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc?

The Question: How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc? Background: I tried for a PhD in group theory at ...
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Asking a professor at another university for a reading course

For context, I am an undergraduate at a T20 school. My summer plans fell through and I am currently in the process of figuring out what to do. For personal reasons, I would like to spend the summer at ...
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How to learn math independently as a biologist/bioinformatician

I am in the same boat as many bioinformaticians, where I got my degrees in biology and taught myself computer science, and that's gotten me pretty far. But unlike those lovely physicists-turned-...
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Is it more important to have an accepted, rather than submitted paper, when applying for math postdocs?

I'm a fourth-year math PhD student and am about to submit my first paper. Since this fall, I probably will be on the job market, I am not sure what strategy should I use for submitting. My major ...
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How do you deal with a dishonest graduate advisor?

Assume that you are a Ph.D. student in math who after a few years of working in the field discovers a new idea (independently). You present the idea to your advisor. Later your advisor realizes the ...
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What do you think is the best way for me to get into grad school?

So, I completed my bachelor's in mathematics a month ago, and I'm planning to move to another country to continue my studies. I really love mathematics and I want to apply to a master's program in ...
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What is the percentage of recent graduates with a 4-year degree who have passed a Calculus I course?

I'm fairly certain that this exact statistic doesn't exist, so educated estimates are welcome. According to the Education Data Initiative, almost exactly 2 million Americans graduated with a bachelor'...
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Article supplement is longer than article itself

I am writing an article in numerical mathematics. I have been working on this for a long time and I think I cannot cut down on any part of the main article anymore. Yet, my advisor tells me to expand ...
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Whom to take recommendation letter from if master thesis advisor never replied?

I am from a poor country in Asia . I will apply for PhD positions in pure mathematics in USA in the upcoming year. I completed my masters in mathematics in June 2020 but I am still not able to find a ...
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How to properly sort and name variables / parameters in mathematical papers? [closed]

I have the following question. I am in the process of finalizing my model for my first paper. I have a question about the naming or sorting of the variables / parameters. I have now labeled all ...
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Do mathematicians really publish less often than (other) scientists?

I have heard from at least two mathematicians now, that mathematicians in general publish less per person per year than (other) scientists. This is anecdotal, so I looked around online and all I ...
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Ways to learn mathematics [closed]

I will be graduating with my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in a few months. I want to pursue a master's in mathematics after 2-3 years. To prepare, I am currently doing "Advanced ...
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What do the bulk of the pre-calculus questions in the mathematics (subject) GRE look like?

i am planning to take the subject test this year and have decent foundations in precalc, however, i would like to study it thoroughly again but i don't want to spend too much time on it and instead ...
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getting into mathematical biology with a biology background [closed]

I have a bachelor in biology with a minor in cs. In addition to cs courses like data structure and algorithm etc... , I've also taken courses in discrete mathematics, statistics/probability, linear ...
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Does the prestige of a master's program affect your chances for a top PhD (math)?

I'm applying to masters programs in math, in the US. My goal is a PhD, but multiple circumstances make it such that I'm not a competitive applicant. I have the choice between a few programs, but I'm ...
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Applying for postdoc after being assistant professor

I recently obtained my PhD in mathematics (about 6 months ago). I started a nice project in my PhD, but did not push to its limits (due to personal problems that occurred during my PhD that diverted ...
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Does having qualifying exam subjects on my transcript help? (Math)

For context, I am a international (undergrad) student in mathematics willing to apply to a pure math PhD program in the U.S. this year. Recently I've been interested in commutative algebra and ...
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Should I be worried that I might not be interested in the exact type of research my supervisors do?

I started a PhD program this September and I keep having doubts about whether or not I can achieve what I want being in this program and working with my current supervisors. I'm in the differential ...
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In the U.S. academia, why do many institutes never send rejection letters for postdoc positions (to save the hassling of inquiries from applicants)?

As far as I know, many, if not most institutes in United States never send rejection letters for postdoc positions. As a result, applicants have to keep asking them to update the status. Is there a ...
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What are the drawbacks for only taking one class a semester as an undergraduate?

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematics at a US university, I am looking to go to graduate school and my dream is to be a mathematics researcher. I am currently in my second year and I ...
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Is it plagiarism using an AI to do the bulk of my LaTeX?

I am a graduate student in math. I am coming up on the end of my masters, and multiple classes require LaTeX submissions. These classes are all very difficult by default, and spending multiple hours ...
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If you can fund your PhD, how it affects your chances of admission? [duplicate]

Most PhD programs in math has more applications that what the funding for program can afford if they admitted everyone. Assuming you have normal grades and good RLs, and you can fund your PhD program ...
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In mathematical essays, is "at x=a", "for x=a", "when x=a", "if x=a", or even "with x=a", a better choice? [closed]

Which one of the following sentences sounds better to a native ear? At $x=a$, $f(x,t)$ is an even function of $t$. For $x=a$, $f(x,t)$ is an even function of $t$. When $x=a$, $f(x,t)$ is an even ...
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How can I do undergraduate research in high school without special math programs?

I'm a 10th grader and I really love math. I study it at the upper undergraduate level, participate in competitions, engage in the philosophy of math, etc. But I've been wanting to do research while I'...
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Am I being dishonest with my advisor by not being open about my future goals?

At my undergrad I was living only with research in my mind. I had great professors and I did very well academically, maybe overperformed is the right word. Then I did Master's also decently. I didn't ...
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How to Improve Quick Thinking Skills in Mathematics

I have recently applied to several PhD programs in math and applied math. In between undergrad and grad school, I am looking to do some summer research. During a recent interview for a research lab, I ...
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Keep trying in one field, or study more on other more interesting fields, as an undergraduate interested in math research? [closed]

I am currently a sophomore majoring in mathematics. I am interested in pursuing a research career in my future. In order to have a taste of mathematical research, I contacted a professor who could ...
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The work of mathematicians in physics and experimental labs

I am especially interested in a course in a well-known and renowned experimental physics laboratory. When applying, among the questions they expect you to answer, they ask how I think my knowledge ...
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On proving results in a completely different field

I am a postdoc in a field of mathematics A. Recently, I began talking with a professor that works in field B that is completely unrelated to A. He had a conjecture, and after a month or so, I was able ...
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A good book about mathematical thinking [closed]

I am a qualified mathematics teacher but I have left teaching because I could not tolerate the behaviour of students. Now I am a mathematics tutor and I love that I get to teach students who are eager ...
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Timeline of tenure-track position in mathematics/applied mathematics

I have been applying to dozens of tenure track positions with preferred dates in Nov and Dec, but I still have not heard back from any, which is very worrying. I have been able to gauge the timelines ...
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On cold emailing professors about your research question

I am a postdoc in Mathematics in the West. I am currently stuck on a research problem, and the things that I am stuck on lie far outside my domain. Hence, I have tried to cold email professors who ...
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Author of main paper vs author of appendix

I'm a PhD student, more specifically in the field of geometric analysis and physics. Recently, I solved a problem that was suggested to me by my advisor. The problem is to sharpen some nontrivial ...
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Advice for learning the original works of previous mathematicians

I recently become interested in understanding the exact works of previous mathematicians, such as Peano, Frege, Russell, Hilbert, etc. Just to be clear, I'm not interested in a shallow history of past ...
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