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Comp science PhD research topic [duplicate]

I want to apply for a PhD in computer science. My end goal is to become a professor and teach at a university. I have interests in data structures, algorithms, networks and programming languages. I ...
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How to start my own research?

I am currently a researcher (a postdoc) in a research group at a scientific institute. I obtained my Ph.D. degree 2 years ago and right away I got employed at this institute and started as a postdoc. ...
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A professor commented that my research is too simple as compared to my colleagues. What does that mean about my future prospects?

I gave a departmental seminar yesterday. It was a short 20 minutes presentation of my PhD thesis. I had presented two of my published works during the seminar. My research topic was to model an ...
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Research dependent on future discovery?

I work in a field of data-driven modeling of physical systems (think simulating weather patterns, particle interations, solid structures, etc.). As the name implies, producing a good model depends on ...
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How can I relate my undergrad works to professors research areas?

Recently, a professor answered my email for a graduate position. He asked me to tell him to what extent I am aware of his research. I have a background research experience in his research area, I can ...
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How to start doing significant research?

I'm a graduate student in applied math (applied probability, asymptotic etc.). I have written several articles on either solving "small" problems, or developing particular methodology/techniques ...
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Is it ok if I haven't decided my research topic when I first meet with a potential phd advisor?

I'm currently in my last semester as a master student and planning to apply for phd degree. I'm going to have a first meeting with my potential phd adviser in a few days and I'm really nervous. All I ...
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What to do when you have more things to say in a published paper?

I have published a paper covering a topic, now I see that there is a lot more to say about the published work, mainly in the theoretical framework and in the results/conclusion sections. However, I ...
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I still do not, exactly, know my field of interest. Is it relevant while applying for PhD?

I am in my fourth year of BS-MS course in Physics in India. I will be applying for PhD next year but I do not have a specific topic in my mind. Until now I have done 2 projects on Cosmology (related ...
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Revisiting/revised paper

I am wondering how can I split my research into two or more research article. I heard that there's a type of papers that called revisiting which basically relies on previous work with some ...
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Important questions to ask yourself when writing research paper

I remember I read somewhere four (at least I think it was four) important questions to ask yourself when writing research paper, such as "What is the problem?", "Why is that important?", etc. These ...
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Can I get a PhD for developing educational software?

I am a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After asking another question on this website, I have decided to become a professor of practice. To do this, I will pursue a Ph.D. A Ph.D. project ...
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Why do so many pure math PhD students in the USA drop out or leave academia, compared to applied mathematics PhDs in the USA? [closed]

I notice that many pure math PhD students, doing things like algebraic geometry or representation theory, drop out and enter industry and become software developers. The ones who finish their pure ...
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I wanted to apply PhD in Clinical Psychology, but my research activities and research interests are a bit different [closed]

A bit background about myself after finishing my bachelor degree in Psychology from a private university in a developing country. I worked at my family business for a couple of years before realizing ...
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How do I choose research project topics for the project requirements in graduate classes?

Most graduate classes include a research project component in the grading scheme. I am taking such a class now and I need to complete a research project. The instructor has presented us with 4-5 ...
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How can a layman easily get the consensus view of what academia *thinks* about a subject?

I'm a total layman, but sometimes I have really random specific questions, like What does science say about the transfer of learning, or what is the distribution of different of sexual fetishes in the ...
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How to deal with disagreement with advisor regarding research proposal and direction?

I am currently writing a proposal for a new research topic in my field of system biology. This proposal will determine what I will be working on for the next couple of years. However, I am running ...
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Spending on AI vs theoretical physics in academia

I hope this question may fit this site: My friends and I were having an argument based loosely on these two opposing views. One side claims that there is too much spending and financial backing by ...
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Is contacting this expert in the field something acceptable or would it be discourteous?

I have a major in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics and a masters in Theoretical Physics. I have enrolled the PhD course and must pick an advisor/theme until june. I have three main big fields of ...
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How to convince the faculty search committee to select/short list me at a place where my research interests are already actively being pursued at?

I am applying for a faculty position and thereby requires me to submit my research interests. The department I am applying already have two professors that have similar research interests to mine. The ...
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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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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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What is the difference between a research statement and a research interest?

is there any difference between the two?
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Email to a potential Phd advisor: how to make a research proposal if you don't have one? [closed]

I'm a third year Physics & Mathematics student, and I want to work with a specific advisor. I have read almost all the related questions in this site and this blog post. However, almost all of ...
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PhD: Should I choose a topic out of a comfort zone? [closed]

I am accepted to a math PhD program and have a visit in a few weeks. I only have a few days to tell the university which professors I would like to meet. Problem: I also still don't know what I would ...
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How can I select really nice project ideas for undergrad research projects? [closed]

I wanna do a challenging project at the end of each course I take in college and am interested in bigger projects with wider scope as well. But I'm unable to come up with good ideas. Where can I find ...
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Was there ever a time in American history when humanities PhDs were more sought after than STEM PhDs?

Was there ever a time in American history when there was greater interest in a humanities PhD, say, a PhD in Philosophy or Creative Writing, than a STEM PhD? Perhaps during the period of time ...
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what are good ways to find team-mates on research and writing papers?

im a AI researcher and mostly interested in a field that is less attended in our university. i have some ideas to work on but i blieve it can have better results by working with exprienced people. is ...
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How to have confidence in my research?

I'm a PhD student at a reputed institution and in my 4th year now. I'm researching in the domain of information security & privacy. I've got a number of good conference publications (4 ...
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Could I change my research direction after graduated master?

For example, if I finished a topic on the computer science field and graduated as a master degree, could I change to a topic within the psychology or any other field. Just because I'm more interested ...
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Unhappy with my PHD CS research topic. What should I do?

I've been working for about 2 1/4 years on a PhD CS research topic, which is to speed up a certain type of simulation using a certain general approach. This approach is pretty much the only research ...
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Can I translate scientific papers ?

So I'm a really bored french student and there's a thought that occurred to me of something that could kill three birds with one Stone : improving my English, allowing me to learn New things and ...
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Is novelty requirement for PhD restricts the selection of research question? [closed]

From the answers to this question. We can clearly know that novelty is a basic requirement for a PhD degree. Now, consider the following statements: 1) Is Goldbach conjecture true? 2) Is P = NP? ...
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Why is novelty mandatory for a Ph.D. degree?

The institute I am studying at has added the following requirement recently: A PhD scholar must publish two papers in his/her corresponding field in SCI journals. This means that a student ...
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I still don't know my exact research question but I know I don't like the ideas my advisor pushes me to work on an publish asap. What are my options?

I'm three months into a fully-funded PhD programme, following on from an integrated Masters and two years in industry. I should also say upfront that after seeing more what academic research is around,...
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Does a PhD thesis have to be theoretical? [duplicate]

I already asked a question in the past about the requirement to join a PhD program, but I am now wondering what makes a PhD thesis what it is. As seen on a lot of different websites and for example on ...
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Can any study answering or finding more about a relavant question be done as a research paper?

Can something like 'How does quantum computing accelerate mathematical modeling ?' OR 'Variation in smartphone radiation with signal strength and age' OR 'High speed object recognition with the HB100 ...
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Where to post a research request?

I want to find someone who is already or willing to begin researching the answer to this variation of the linear assignment problem as it has practical utility. Is there a systematic way to find such ...
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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 ...