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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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What habits should I build in the first part of my PhD?

I'm a first-year PhD student in a computer science department. As is usual at this school, my first three quarters are spent rotating with different professors, finding an adviser and a research fit ...
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Changing research interest in Math

I am currently in my final semester of masters. I have some background in Algebraic Number Theory. I have one PhD offer from a US university. When I started getting into algebraic number theory, I ...
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Communication & Networks v/s Signal Processing & Optimization - what area to work in? [duplicate]

I am an electrical engineering undergrad with an interest in communication theory, networks, signal processing and optimization. I have PhD offers from two groups - one working in communications & ...
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Switching research topics to something less interesting?

I'm finishing my undergraduate degree this year, and I'm deciding which PhD program to attend: School A, or School B. I do have other offers, but these two stand out to me. My background and current ...
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How can I make sure that my paper's work is unique? [closed]

I am trying to write a research papers that applies the ELK stack to visualise social media data (twitter API). How can I make sure that my work was not done by someone else before? I searched in ...
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Research topics that gain importance quickly

For instance, there's currently a great deal of attention towards the theory of "spin glasses" in probability theory. But how does a research direction gain its importance so quickly? Does it simply ...
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Students changing the result of an investigation

It is common to see students at the laboratory (electronics, specifically), altering the values or disregarding them trivially just because the values won't fit into the other data, instead of ...
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Channeling bias in social science / epidemiological research?

Has anyone seen "channeling bias" in the context of epidemiological research? I'm working on a manuscript describing analysis of a workplace-based, non-medical occupational health intervention using ...
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Do I have to be secretive about my research until it's published?

I'm a Master's student studying Computer Graphics and Animation. I've already proposed my thesis and have been deep in prototype development for a while. I've gotten some pretty cool results already (...
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Are “how”, “why” or “is it possible” good for a research question?

I am working on Informatics and I am trying to formulate a research question. The thing is I read a lot of examples where the research question has a lot in common with hypotheses, where 2 ...
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What should I do if I have specialized in a useless research area?

I am a PhD student in computer science, and chose to specialize in a research area that was interesting to me personally, but not interesting to most tech companies. I am approaching graduation and I ...
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If I start in an area I don't feel too excited about, is it possible for me to eventually return to what I truly like?

I am a second year PhD student, and I still don't have an advisor. I chose this school because it has a ton of people working in the sub-field I am interested in (Mathematical Optimization). I tried ...
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My department has changed its favorite fields of research. What are the consequences? [closed]

When I was hired to a math department (in the US) my field was among the favorite directions in the department. Few years later the department decided to put more attention on some other areas of math....
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Supervisor discourages me from using a method he doesn't know. Can I work on it and publish it by myself? [duplicate]

Either my supervisor is wrong in not letting me work on an idea which he does not understand, my bad that I am stuck with someone who is not open-minded. But I suck it up. But I am enthusiastic ...
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I wish to try out a technique which my supervisor does not want me to, because its not his expertise

As a part of my PhD work, I wish to try a technique which is upcoming and frequently in use. I am not sure if it will be successful, though I have a good feeling about it. My supervisor is simply ...
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Wish to go against my supervisors in the half-yearly review report. Is it suicidal for my PhD?

I am funded by the university for my PhD, though I had approached the supervisor myself, particularly because he had decent publications in good journals. I am an international student. I have ...
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Does PhD subject area matter if one will research in multiple areas later?

Since the purpose of a PhD is to learn proper research skills, which should be applicable to any subject area, and since people can publish in subject areas unrelated to their dissertation, does it ...
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Is it normal for my masters advisor to ask me not to share code from my masters work with my PhD advisor, and not to continue with the same topic?

I have couple questions for you guys and I hope to find some answers here. Scenario: I finished my master's degree with a thesis at school A. During my master's program at school A, I was a ...
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How to select an internship topic from a set of suggested topics?

How would a student best select a topic among several suggested especially if it's her/his first time doing an internship and the internship period is short (2 months or 6 months)? What are important ...
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PhD consisting mainly of programming work

I'm currently a second-year PhD student, in computer engineering. My research area is in computer graphics and virtual reality. I currently don't have a specific goal or problem to solve, except ...
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Is it right to use 'X is a new research topic of interest to our lab' to indicate that the lab has not done research on 'X'?

Is it right to use 'X is a new research topic of interest to our lab' to say that the lab has not done research on X before? I want to convey: 1.The lab only focused on research topic 'Y'(e.g. ...
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Different research area in undergraduate and graduate

I am in my last semester of a double degrees in the bachelor of electrical engineering (honours) and bachelor of mathematics in Australia. During my studies, I watched a series of video lectures about ...
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Applying for graduate programs in different subfields?

Suppose you have done work in two subfields of a main field, and have a keen interest in both of them. Some examples might be, Main field: Physics, Subfields: Experimental Quantum Optics and ...
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Applying to PhD programs whose research topics mismatch my experience

I am applying to PhD program that matches the theme of my research and industrial experience. As most of field of studies, there are several topics under the general theme and my experiences are just ...
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To stick or to switch topics

I'm currently starting my PhD and I'm contemplating whether I should stay with my current advisor and topic or switch before its too late. Current subfield The recent work in this subfield has been ...