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Questions tagged [research-process]

Questions directly focused on PERFORMING academic research. Do not use this for questions about publishing research. Read the tag wiki before applying this tag.

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What to do about an ongoing research project that does not work?

First of all, I am sorry if this sounds like a simplistic question. But I am a first-year PhD student and this is really troubling me. As per the requirements of my department, all first-year PhD ...
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How to know if one is suitable for pursuing academia or Research work their entire life? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in engineering in an university in Canada. I am close to completion of my thesis but I am not very proud of my work. I have couple of publications from my work, all in decent ...
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PhD Journey 2nd Year: Looking for perspective/focus

Without being too specific to my own problem, I wanted to ask your opinion/experiences about research process. Recently I have read that a mediocre idea that is perfectly executed is much better than ...
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How to cope with being envious of others' research? [duplicate]

I was just accepted to a Ph.D. program and will be starting soon, going straight from my undergraduate program. My chosen research area is meta-learning in machine learning. I have been engaged in ...
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For a new assistant professor in CS, how to build/manage a publication pipeline

I am a new assistant professor in a research institute, where the number of top-tier publications matter a lot. In short, they simply count the number of tier-one papers. I am highly advised to work ...
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Cite article under consideration [closed]

How does the citing matrix do not consider the account into all cited articles from different sources?
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Is the quality of work done in PhD a measure of my abilities to pursue academia?

As a fifth year PhD student in chemical engineering (in North America) who's about to submit his thesis in 4 months, I have a serious doubt about my capabilities. My PhD thesis was in an area not ...
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Is it inappropriate for a PI to hire the most suitable available researcher as an RA, just because s/he is his/her family member? [closed]

Below is a part of the guidelines from a grant: "Research assistants (RA) shall not be appointed from amongst members of immediate or extended family of the researcher." I know it's to prevent ...
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My PhD advisor has unrealistic expectations on my capabilities to research independently

I worked as an undergraduate volunteer researcher, and then worked in an industry laboratory before returning to school. And my program did not have have rotations. I am starting to wonder what I got ...
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Can an undergraduate be advised by a professor who is very far away?

Lately I have been developing a good relationship with Prof. Wright. She has clearly* gone out of her way a few times to help me, having a very pleasant, generous, and kind personality. Prof. Wright ...
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How to create a hypothesis for a historical research? [closed]

When writing a dissertation or a thesis about history, students and researchers are asked to state a problem and a hypothesis for that problem. My question is how to state a problem and a hypothesis ...
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Online research projects [closed]

Are there any research projects in mathematics,data science etc undergraduate students can participate online? Have seen something like that? Well, I googled it and found something,but I need more ...
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Who Decides the Value and the Credibility of Research Work [closed]

I am astonished by the flood of fantasy paper in my field at least and see it day after day get recognition although it has no real application and some researchers play around the data. What freaks ...
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Can someone clarify Hamming's notion of important problems in relation to modern academia?

I was reading the transcripts of a seminar by Dr. Richard W. Hamming. In this, Hamming goes on to say the following statements: Explaining why one guy was successful while the others weren't as much ...
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How to identify a research question as artificial [closed]

I recently go through an interview on the basis of my research proposal and the person evaluating me said my research questions are artificial. I want to ask which characteristics make the research ...
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How to approach a problem if I am new in the field?

I recently came across a problem related to image recognition in Deep Learning. One fine morning, I was struck with the idea that possibly I could do something about it if I merged GANs with CNNs. As ...
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Geoffry Hinton from a pariah to God father of machine learning, the implications on working on a new and hot topic of research [closed]

Geoffry Hinton was a pariah in his community until the late of nineteens when supercomputers appeared and proved his ideas were true. Of course, there is a shady area between being deluded and being ...
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How to deal with a supervisor who doesn't care research and students? [closed]

I'm in the social science discipline. This is the fourth year of my PhD. I'm in the process of writing up my dissertation. However, my supervisor is very lay back. He doesn't care much about my ...
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Is there a way to save my career from absolute disaster?

I am in my fifth year and I am about to submit my Applied Mechanics PhD thesis in. However, I always felt absolutely incompetent in the field. I tried improving my weak areas by self study, taking up ...
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Graduate student I was working with left

I am currently an undergraduate, wanting to apply to PhD programs this upcoming fall. So I started talked to a CS professor doing research in deep learning and he set me up to work with one of his ...
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Is it a good idea to do Masters in multiple subjects rather than doing a PhD?

Suppose, someone already has a Masters in CS/EE. Say, he wants to work with Robotics. Is it a good idea to do a 2nd/3rd Masters-by-research in Robotics rather than doing a PhD in CS/EE (concentration ...
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Software engineer vs research associate in not-so-related subfield for CS PhD

I currently have 2 job offers: high-paying software engineer at a top tech company (return offer from internship) and a computational biology research associate 2-year pre-grad school position. I ...
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Is expanding the research of a group into machine learning as a PhD student risky? [closed]

I have the opportunity of doing a PhD under the supervision of an expert in medical imaging at a top institution. Currently their group does not conduct research into the application of machine ...
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How is the H-Index of a journal related to its grouping in SJR?

How is the H-Index of a journal related to its grouping in SJR? I was searching for journals for submitting my first manuscript. I came across this site https://www.scimagojr.com which very well ...
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How are journals evaluated? [closed]

How are journals evaluated? A researcher is evaluated on the basis of his/her publications. If a researcher has good publications in his/her PhD he/she is offered a Post-Doc position and eventually a ...
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In medical research, what is the relative value of confirming old work vs. new discoveries?

I am an MS student in medical immunology. I am looking for my research proposal, and would like to get a nice publication (i.e., publish in a journal with a high impact factor). Given this, is it ...
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Can I use my master's degree thesis as a Research Project Proposal for a phd application?

Can I use my master's degree thesis (a pilot study not published) as a Research Project Proposal for a PhD application?
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What are some ways to address inaccessibility of to-be-learned material for research?

Throughout my PhD I learned that there are lots of stumbling blocks that prevented me from getting to my goal of solving some problem. One of them is that some of the things I needed to learn were ...
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Can I compare my research work with another work published many years ago?

In scientific research and publishing (as I have been told ), one should compare his work with previous published works. I am intended to compare my results (working on now in 2019) to another ...
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what is the hyphotesis in computer science research(especifically AI research)?

I'm a computer science and software engineer that worked in industry for some years with deep applied knowledge in ML and AI, i commonly read research papers and this year started a graduate ...
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Create something impactful or just generalize results?

I am a second year Pure Maths PhD student in Asia. My research interest lies in functional analysis, particularly Banach Space Theory. My aim is to work in academia as professor. Recently my PhD ...
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Participation of multiple researchers in our project

We have set up with colleagues in two other institutions a project that creates software prototypes for our discipline. We are creating the software prototypes so that we use them as stepping stones ...
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What is the expected time commitment for a part time Research Master's Program?

Let's say I get accepted to a Master's Degree Program in Applied Mathematics with a Research Thesis component. If I take 1 class a semester for 6 years and work on my thesis each semester, what could ...
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Can I write the same text in method section in two different project?

I am working on two projects now and both of them have similar methods. What if I write the same text in the method part? Will it be count as plagiarism? I am almost finished working on them and both ...
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Choosing research internship [closed]

I am doing undergraduate studies in France and my intention is to do my PhD in theoretical physics the U.S. I have the choice between two research internships in France. Both are at the same ...
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Blacklisted and cannot do the work I am interested in before, What I should do?

As you may know, I have been working on a specific point of research during one year of my PhD. I am extremely passionate about that topic, because I found problems that can be solved and improvements ...
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Are most real-world (engineering) problems about scale? [closed]

As an engineering post-graduate student a few years back, and now an engineer working in industry, I have often had this realization very strongly - that most problems we "adults" work on are about "...
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Should I expect to be paid for post-graduation research?

I graduated with my Master's degree in Computer Science a couple of years ago. For a graduate requirement, I had to take on a project of significant scope and write a paper about the project. I had ...
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whether necessary to continue to work on unfinished academic work

When one finishes a degree or a research position, the boss asks to carry on sth unfinished (unpaid), does one need to agree to do so?
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Is it ok to ask professor to read my published article?

I have applied for a position last month and the deadline is on March. But by this time one of my work has been published in a good journal (which I wrote in my CV as under review). The position is ...
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Is it possible to do a self funded Ph.D. without masters in Germany?

Is it possible to do a self-funded Ph.D. without masters in Germany? Is it ok if someone writes to professors asking for a Ph.D. position in his lab? Will they take students if its self-funded?
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How to be fearless as Ph.D student?

I am a computer science Ph.D. student. I have written a couple of research papers and some of them are under review. I have started becoming fearless from some time as my past experience has told me ...
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Is it OK to send another reminder after prospective research leader stops responding to my email?

Long story short. I was look for some undergraduate level research for this July and August, so I contacted a professor like a month ago. Things went very well, and two weeks ago I even had a Skype ...
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Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant

I worked on a project as a graduate student in a research group in order to complete the credit points (20 ECTS Germany) required for my Master's degree. I was not employed on a contract i.e. not paid ...
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Group Project Dynamics— how to present advanced ideas without offending others?

For my research masters, one graded activity is to undertake a piece of research and present findings. We collected data and the analysis part was self-assigned to one member and myself. The analysis ...
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How can I overcome academic “researcher's block”?

I work as a senior academic in an important university in Europe. My name is in several publications in top journals in my field. I have always published papers together with brilliant collaborators ...
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Should I invest more time on old problems or new problems? [closed]

I am PhD works in theory of computational maths. I am currently after my mid stage. I have written and submitted two papers ( one paper per year) and currently working on one and these days I am full ...
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My current PI is telling me that I am a very shy person and he is really pissed off, what I should do?

Today in the lab we had a birthday, I had participated, but not so much as I feel anxious in crowded areas. I felt very shy and that's true, so I withdrew from the party after 15 minutes and wished ...
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How to deal with my results being stolen?

I have experienced a couple of times the following problem: I have asked another researcher to cooperate and provided mathematical results (as a basis for an algorithm). The cooperation has not ...
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Lose my nerve while doing research

I'm a starting graduate student in math. Without a doubt I'm not a genius or even that smart, and that creates a serious problem: I often lose my nerve while doing research or studying other people's ...