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Supervisor complaining about research work is slow and not doing anything properly. Is it possible to continue with him for long?

I am about to finish my first year of MS leading to Ph.D. Our team works on cable Robotics. At first, when I joined prof asked me to do a computer vision problem of tracking. I spent 5 months to do ...
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What are elements of scientific knowledge? [on hold]

On occasion on reviewing scientific knowledge dissemination formats (with focus on computer science: distillpub vs latex/pdf vs jupyter notebooks vs knitr/sweave/pweave vs sphinx docs) I came up with ...
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I begin researching in three weeks and I have no idea where to begin. What should I say in my email to my advisor?

I have been accepted to a funded master’s program under an advisor. I already came up with a research proposal months ago with the advisor’s help as I needed one in order to apply. The last time I ...
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Is it a good practice to work on multiple projects simultaneously during PhD study?

The idea of working on multiple projects simultaneously during PhD study is introduced in Feibelman's "A PhD is not enough", Chapter 8. It identifies the following advantages: When you temporarily ...
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Where can I find scanned documents I can use to train my OCR machine learning app? [closed]

I am looking for resources that can let me access scanned documents and memos to train my OCR application. I have some client documents but need more for product development. Any ideas?
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Is apprenticeship/reading the only way to learn experimental design? Are there books/papers about the theory of designing a sound experiment?

I am slogging away at grad school and I have a nagging feeling I can be more efficient. I feel like a person who cannot see more than a foot in front of them so I hit a lot of walls. My planning and ...
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How to stay up to date with large conferences?

I do research in a very popular area that publishes primarily at conferences (machine learning). The result is that a few times a year, my field has a large influx of papers. Just skimming the latest ...
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How to select the principal investigator in a group?

If a group of researchers collaborating on a grant proposal, how the principal investigator can be selected? The researcher with the idea, the one who invited other researchers, the most well-known ...
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Searching for papers on a subject I'm about to start researching myself but nothing comes up. How do I know that I've searched enough?

I'm about to begin my master's research, and I'm in the process of formulating my research question. Therefore, I am searching for papers about the same topic to make sure that what I am planning to ...
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How to find research questions and materials?

I am a PhD student working in Spectral Graph Theory. Can anyone please help me solve the following questions: How to find a research question? I contacted my advisor, he says he does not know how to ...
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What are the guidelines for minimum “implementation/proof-of-concept” requirements in computer science research?

Some aspects of computer science research requires some form of implementation and an according evaluation. I have not yet seen where the minimum level of implementation expected for an academic paper ...
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How do I tell the professor that I am burnt out and I want to move on

I am a first year CSE grad student. I have been working with a professor for more than half a year now. The topic looks like a deadend and I do not know how to tell him the same. Ironically, he is a ...
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Are extra classes and extra research worth it?

I am currently a senior finishing up my bachelor's degree in Psychology through online classes offered at Washington State University. I intend to apply to grad schools (2 PhD programs and 1 MS as a ...
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How should an advisor handle an underperforming PhD student?

I'm a junior faculty in academia and I was asked to take a PhD student several months ago. I was not involved in the hiring process, hence I did not have a chance to evaluate his abilities before ...
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Is it good to publish a research paper with many partially answered questions with sub-optimal results?

I work in abstract mathematics and I'm currently in the mid stage of my PhD. I try to get bounds on computational aspects of mathematics. I have been working on one problem for almost half a year and ...
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How do I approach a professor from another university?

I am doing my undergrad in engineering at a small liberal arts school. Due to lack of research opportunities at my current school, I am looking at getting a research position at a state university ...
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How can I tell if a paper is too old to be a reference for my research?

Current scientific databases hold papers that were published over the past few decades (I haven't checked what is the oldest paper available, but I remember seeing papers from the 1960s, there might ...
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Paid temporary job as research assistant

I'm a master's degree student. A professor of mine offered me work on some parts of his paper that I have good knowledge about, because of my background. He said he'll pay me in return, and ...
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How can I find papers of a specific journal?

I want to find papers of a specific journal. For example, I want to search papers about the smart grid security only in the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid journal. Is there appropriate configuration ...
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How we can look active both in class and after class in our supervisor's mind?

I have started my master's degree and I am a fully funded student. I want to get perfect marks and do my research perfectly. What steps should I follow to become an outstanding student in my ...
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Hot and timely research problem with a slow student

I am a postdoc and currently co-supervising a novel PhD student who works very very slow and needs to be spoon-fed most of the time (which is reasonable considering she's in early stages of her PhD). ...
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In experiments involving study participants, why are some studies allowed to only have a small number of test subjects?

I noticed that in my field, studies involving testing with human subjects often only show a small number (N>=10) of them. While I understand that researchers are often limited on funding and time, I ...
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submission of paper to journal/ conf containing confidential data after leaving an institution

Please refer to the link Prelude My research paper is almost completed and I have submitted a draft to my boss recently. My research tenure ends on the end of July. I was told (today) that I would ...
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“Breaking in” to reading papers in an unfamiliar field?

I graduated from my undergraduate degree about a year ago and took a job in industry. While completing that degree, I did research with a professor related to machine learning. However, after ...
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My professor presented a problem that I solved. He says I can send it to a conference. What is the etiquette in cases like this?

But I don't understand if it is ethical because he was the one who identified the problem. I wouldn't have thought of the answer if he hadn't asked the question. I am an undergraduate and this is my ...
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What is the role of advisor in writing a PhD thesis?

I am about to write my PhD thesis. The process is to first write the synopsis which will be read by examiners prior to agreeing to read the thesis. Now, I provided my advisor with copies of the ...
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Graduate Research After Retirement

I will be retiring in a few months with a successful research career in industry (>100 journal papers, >300 conference presentations, >50 patents). I am interested in doing research in an academic ...
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Finished a research paper and feel horrible now

We've all heard of postpartum depression, though I'm not a woman so I have no idea what it's really like. I am wondering if there is any medical/psychological evidence to support similar (reported) ...
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Request for help in publishing my elementary proof of Fermat's Last Theorem [closed]

As ridiculous as it may sound, it seems i might have indeed found an elementary proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. But i'm not a well-known person in the mathematical community, and i come from a country ...
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How to become a reliable researcher? [closed]

I am a biology student with major interest in neuroscience and molecular biology. It's my first year at university. What should I do if I want to be a reliable researcher in biological sciences, ...
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Learn new methods during PhD?

I just started my PhD in an interdisciplinary research lab. For the research I wish to pursue, I am missing some methodological skills, particularly in statistics and machine learning. Are there any ...
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The effect of a bad master's thesis on my future phd

Can I do a master's thesis with exploratory work without any results? It's like assume some hypotheses about certain data and testing them. If yes, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Can such a work ...
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How can I overcome feelings of unworthiness after finding mistakes in my research?

I'm currently a PhD student suffering from extreme anxiety after finding some mistakes in my scientific paper 7 months back. I've talked to my supervisor about it and he said that those were simple ...
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How can I know if I am able to pursue a PhD?

I am a 3rd-year computer engineering student at a mid-tier state school with a high GPA (3.97/4.0), top of my class, and 1 semester worth of research. I am also currently participating in a very ...
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How should I approach this unfinished research that I do not want to do?

I am about to finish an undergraduate degree, with a good enough GPA that even if I got C's in all of my current classes, my final overall cumulative GPA would remain above 3.6. Assuming I graduate ...
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Is there any way to pick a right direction in research while solving a problem?

I am a PhD student mid stage, working on computational aspects of mathematics. I am working on a research problem with my supervisor. I am at a stage where I can't take much help from the supervisor ...
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As a new PhD supervisor, how should I deal with taking a student to a wrong direction?

I am a postdoc who was supposed to co-supervise a PhD student along with another academic who invited me for that. However, I ended up fully supervising the student after the supervisor became too ...
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How to manage academia life? [closed]

I am from a mathematical background yet I feel this question is more suited to Academia SA rather than MO. Even though what follows is obviously opinion-based and taste-dependent, I believe most of ...
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Switching PhD programs after earning M.S

This fall, I will be a 2nd year PhD student in Microbiology. My ultimate goal is not to work in academia, but industry or government. After being a year in the program, I started to realize a masters ...
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Mentoring students - Computer Science [closed]

I am interested in mentoring students (undergrad / MSc) in areas of Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering. Unfortunately, the university I graduated from/ currently work at do not offer ...
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Accessing research database [closed]

Is there a database(s) that can provide research insights (articles, case studies etc.) focused on financial services industry (e.g. topics such as data analysis, IT/Data Architecture as it relates to ...
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type of experience required for masters

I graduated from university last year with a bachelors degree in Mechatronics Engineering. Good learning and GPA is quite good. I have planned to do a Masters degree from the US next fall with a focus ...
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Rigorousness in Proofs [closed]

I am in an extremely stressed out situation right now. I am pursuing Mathematical Sciences, as of now. I experience absolutely no difficulty in understanding the motivation or meaning underlying the ...
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Working for 2 Labs at the Same Time

I am currently working as a volunteer for a Company doing research in some theoretic computer science area on a topic with subarea A (No actual lab experimentation is involved, at most, we will be ...
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Does two-ninths month NSF rule apply to non-tenure track research assistant professor positions?

I wonder if the NSF two-ninths months rule applies to Research Assistant Professor positions? This is a non-tenure track position, however I may submit a sole-PI grant and I wonder if I can cover 100% ...
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What is the feasibility of entering a PhD program in Computer Engineering without a B.S.or M.S. in CS or Computer Engineering?

I've realized that I wouldn't have the funds to finish a master's in Computer engineering, especially considering the fact that I have a non-STEM degree so l would have to take prerequisite classes so ...
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Should I submit different research statement in different advertised postdoc positions

I am a Phd student in applied mathematics. Recently I submitted PhD thesis and started applying for postdoc positions. There I have to submit research statement. My question is that should I submit ...
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Research topic already covered, change direction or what?

The previous days i begun with a research project on economic impact of physical disasters, and in the mean time , I found a paper with the same topic published 10 years ago (Sample period 1980-2003). ...
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About omics journals [duplicate]

Help me please. Omics group want fee to withdraw my accepted article. If I dont pay any fee, will they blockade my accepted article.I am waiting your response immediately.
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Is it a valid concern that a PhD student runs out of research ideas?

A PhD student "Alex" has a few years to impress their research lab advisor and then their dissertation committee. During these years, I imagine that Alex will come up with some great ideas that can ...