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Questions tagged [research-topic]

On identifying, evaluating suitability, or sharing a topic or focused direction for research.

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Is it okay to choose a non-peer reviewed research paper as Master's thesis topic?

I am interested to work and improve on one of the research papers which published on https://www.casact.org/pubs/forum/ but I found out that, research paper published on Casualty Actuarial Society, ...
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How to know if my research problem is interesting or not? [duplicate]

I have completed my masters in mathematics. I want to pursue PhD in mathematics. I want to frame a research question and write papers in my field. But some questions are bothering me: How does one ...
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How to read without specific purpose?

Posting for a friend, but in first person for simplicity. I am a research master student in linguistics of a particular language. In my bachelor thesis and some coursework I specialised on a very ...
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Career prospects for Math Finance researcher

I'm currently starting the first year of Mathematics Ph.D. program with intention to specialize in Mathematical Finance. I have noticed during the application process that this area is rarely ...
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How to get an up to date PhD title in Cloud Computing Security? [closed]

I have got a PhD scholarship in Cloud Computing Security, and its about one year am doing research and literature review in that field. However, I haven't reached any point to start with, I'm a little ...
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Advisor ill, out all year… how should I proceed?

I’m a first year grad student beginning this year. My professor was diagnosed with cancer and won’t be in, probably all year, maybe even the entire time I’m in class. He’s a great man, and also a ...
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What is “academic freedom”, when so many professors and post-docs do only the research that is being funded by external agencies?

Do professors truly get to work on whatever they want, in research? I just read a job description for a post-doc position; the job sounds extremely specialized, with no room to do anything else ...
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Experimental research work on a similar experimental setup patented by someone else

For my PhD thesis, I have conceptualised an experimental setup which is similar to an already existing patented design. Can I do research work on that setup (conceptualised by me) by simply citing ...
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I want to pursue topics from different fields (pure math,CS) as a researcher. Which one to choose for my PhD? [closed]

My background: I have two master degrees in pure math and applied CS. I am interested in working in both areas, and there are certain topics in each area (extensions of my -completely different- two ...
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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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Where to find topics and problems to write about?

I am an undergraduate student in English Language Translation. I would like to do research and write papers about topics or problems that are available in this field of study. I googled about ...
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Hypothesis incorrectly stated and submitted

I realise after submitting my dissertation lask week that I posed my hypothesis in the wrong manner. I posed them as I believe that X will not be a predictor of Y I subsequently went on with ...
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Can a thesis not answer the research question and still be good?

I have written a thesis about applying some AI techniques to a simulation that my professor introduced. To make this happen, I had to implement a very large amount of software, because the simulation ...
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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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After finding the topic how to discover research problem in Mathematics

I am at an early stage of my research in Mathematics. Recently I have found some papers related to my broad interest that I think I will be able to work on. However I am clueless how to find the ...
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Get in touch with potential advisors, although I have no clue what my topic might be?

I am in the Humanities, and I have a rough idea about the general field I want to work in. I have identified several professors who also work in this field. However, I am not sure how I can now find a ...
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Ask about my undergraduate research internship

I’m planning to apply for an internship. There is a professor who represents the school who asked me to submit some necessary documents. He wanted me write a detailed paper about the project I am ...
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Pessimistic with direction of academia-industry project

I am a recent fresh graduate who came from math and physics. Recently (< 4 weeks), I've taken on a junior research role in a research institute within a University. This particularly university - ...
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What are the benefits for a PhD student working on small problems vs solving a big problem?

I am a PhD student working in theory (computer science). I am confused about one thing, and I am only the researcher in my group. I work on 2-3 small problems which I am trying to combine and publish. ...
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How do I choose field of study for Phd in CS, more general or specific? [closed]

I was admitted to several Phd position and I am considering most interesting two labs. Their fields are similar and both interesting to me. The problem is, one lab has more general topic, but the ...
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How to know if a topic is completely explored?

I read a very recent paper that describes something I am only starting to study. Basically, it looks like authors of the paper have covered almost everything that can be explored in the topic. How can ...
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Selecting a Thesis - Are there lists of interesting or open questions?

Is there an aggregated pool of potential thesis topics that are available for exploration across universities for different concentrations? Perhaps there would be some that have been pre-vetted by ...
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How to enter a completely new research area as a 3rd-year Ph.D. candidate?

Based on your personal experience, how may someone enter a completely new research area as a 3rd-year Ph.D. candidate? Is it better to start with reading journal papers? Or maybe taking some courses? ...
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I am interested in researching two very different problems (Genetics + Computer Vision). Haven't started a PhD yet [closed]

I have two topics that I really want to get involved in. 1) Confirming current research in chromosome structure while using machine learning to find relationships in genetic motifs. For instance, is ...
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PhD research, research doubts? [closed]

I am a computer science PhD candidate. I have been reading and learning a lot of my interested research area - and now it's time to formally defend my research proposal. There is a computer ...
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How to find research topics and publish more?

I seem to be a bit stuck here. I am reading quite a lot, but I cannot find a topic to write about, which is original and which I could then publish as a paper. I am in the Humanities, so it's ...
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Got stuck with overambitious master thesis

I feel that I can get into big trouble very soon. I have been working on my master's thesis in computer science area for about 3 months(out of 6) and still haven't achieved any meaningful result. ...
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Ideality of collaborating with professor against backdrop of commitments

Soon, I'll be meeting a professor_A base at a University in my home country to discuss about my plans and projects that may be of interest to me(us) during my time back home. Ideally, I am looking to ...
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Is it okay to focus the PhD Research Proposal in more than one topic?

Some context here: I'm a physics student from Argentina about to get my MSc. I'm applying to a PhD in many universities of Europe and some of them (Oxford and Imperial College London, for example) ask ...
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What is a Scientific approach to Law and Epistemology?

In an extended discussion in Law SE chat, there was a description of the legal approach to epistemology, namely one that is dependent upon the findings of the various actors of the criminal justice ...
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How to get the most out of a seminar?

I am a beginning graduate student in mathematics. My university holds regular seminars in different areas of mathematics, and I try to attend all of them. I like getting exposed to different areas of ...
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Is there something I could do considering I'm not really happy with my master's thesis?

On the begining of this year I've started a graduate course in Physics to obtain a master's degree. I have a major in mathematical physics and mathematics and wanted to work with General Relativity, ...
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My PhD adviser is objecting to my request to change my PhD topic

I am a midway PhD candidate, finished all the the coursework and the qualifying exam. This my fifth semester (i.e. I'm starting my 3rd year now). Actually I have started my research from the last ...
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Changing research field mid Ph.D. vs Leaving Institute with no Ph.D

I am doing my Ph.D. (physics) in a country where there is a countrywide Ph.D. entrance exam. I appeared for the entrance exam and got into (arguably) the best institute in my country. This was 3 years ...
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Can an academic paper use a fictional world (such as the show Westworld) as a case study for AI, software engineering, and system implementation?

I'm writing two academic papers currently, and have discovered the point where things get absurd and I need something that is lighter and more enjoyable - the kind of feeling that spawned The Journal ...
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What to do when you want to research something your advisor does not want you to?

When entering my MS I had an advisor assigned to me because I didn't finish undergrad in the university I'm now in. I want to research graph theory but my advisor researches in computational geometry, ...
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What are the pros and cons of publishing a positioning paper based on a grant proposal?

We are preparing a grant proposal, which is planned to be submitted in about a year. A part of the proposal is an critical analysis on the state-of-the-art in a particular field. From there we ...
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Permissible gap between sub-topics of a PhD thesis?

I am a Ph.D. student who decided to change the direction midway. At a high level, I work on combinatorial optimization under uncertainty. In my proposal, I had said that I would use a technique A and ...
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How can one find a promising research project that doesn't just fall apart?

I'm just starting my second year of a master's program and hoping to apply to PhD programs, but I still haven't even submitted a paper for publication. I've worked on 3 research projects over the past ...
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How should I deal with critical comment that may affect on my research path? [closed]

A few days ago I posted a question on specific paper on RG. Another researcher says this is insulated paper that really shocked me because it is central to my research. After I saw this comment I ...
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Can I ask potential advisor what topics he is currently most interested in?

Can I ask potential advisor what topics he is currently most interested in? I am looking for a topic at the moment, so I'm still searching, and there is one advisor who I'd like to work with. His ...
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Just going to start my PhD, found new professor with more exciting project, what to do?

I am accepted to a PhD program in engineering in the US with 1st year TA-ship as funding. I have contacted several professor, and eventually, there is this one assistant professor (Dr. A) who want ...
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Going from an Individualized Masters to PhD?

I'm about to finish my Bachelors in History, I'm currently in a exchange as a research intern and I was suggested by my research director to do a Masters in a Individualized Program, as my interest of ...
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Why do I underestimate my own research ideas?

Before continuing on working on a specific problem, I do plan on few things which have not been explored in the available literature. However, instead of developing them (in terms of mathematical ...
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How involved should your PhD adviser be in your project?

I just completed my first year at a PhD program at a University in the United States. It's been a semester since I joined a lab and I'm slightly confused about my decision at the moment. I feel like ...
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What should be our attitude towards small research findings that seemed to be a small jigsaw puzzle to something larger? [closed]

In the literature, there are many types of research findings, from big ones that attract so much attention that even the mass media will talk about it such as the LIGO gravitational wave detections. ...
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What is PhD Level research? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student, and I am trying to learn more about the PhD process. Based on speaking to my colleagues and research including reading many thesis the process is as follows: Apply to a ...
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Will I get docked for including a source in my bibliography which I didn't end up using in my actual paper?

I accidentally included a source in my bib, that I didn't end up using in my paper. So basically it included a pointless source that has no info or quote included in the paper. Will this look bad or ...
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Doing PhD on computer vision with an engineering background

I'm working at a research institute in Germany, which offers the possibility to pursue a PhD degree provided that one can find a topic, which is not very unrelated to the ongoing projects, and a ...
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Which is better for PhD level: research project or research topic? [closed]

I would like to know which is better for pursuing a PhD regarding the scientific achievement (publications, research skills,...): to accept working in a funded research project that's related to ...