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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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How to align my passion for multiple subjects with a post-PhD job search?

I have MSc in Biotechnology and will be getting my PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from an Ivy League university this Fall. I spent a year working at a synthetic biology startup between my ...
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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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how to come up with a topic for master's degree thesis? [closed]

I need to write a thesis for my master's degree. I'm a master's student in quantum field theory and fundamental forces. I know the topics that I like thou I don't know what topics are available for ...
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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 ...
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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, I have finished all of the coursework and the qualifying exam. This my fifth semester (i.e. I'm starting my 3rd year now). Now I feel that, the topic I've selected to work ...
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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 ...