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Queries related to various software used in academia. Questions shall not address highly technical aspects of the software but shall address features/issues highly relevant to academia. For questions concerning computer code written or used in the context of a research project or other academic endeavour (including questions on licensing, ownership, sharing, distribution, and formatting of academic source code), use the `code` tag instead.

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Writing a card counting program, but cant get the counter to add correctly. HELP! [on hold]

import java.util.*; public class CountingCards { public static void main(String[] args) { Counting(); } public static void Counting() { Random rand= new Random(...
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Retrieve updated metadata for existing BibTex library [on hold]

Background Older versions of Zotero did not download the complete metadata for BibTex entries. Fortunately, ~950 of the ~1,000 entries have DOI entries. The most recent Zotero version grabs much more ...
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How to do a literature review on practical research (thesis)?

Some background, for my bachelor of science degree I have to do a practical research (thesis) for a company that develops software. At the end of my Introduction chapter I arived at the following ...
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What are good methods for clarifying student uncertainty? [closed]

A primary task of professors is communication with their students. Communicating typically involves lecturing, clarifying uncertainties, and receiving feedback. Lecturing happens at fixed times, but ...
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Which authors to cite for open source software

While I have worked on open source software myself I'm, strangely, uncertain about how to cite it in a paper. I do know how to cite software itself, I'm just uncertain which author(s) to attribute it ...
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Best tool for digitally marking assignments? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good piece of software for marking digital (PDF) assignments. Specifically, I am marking a first-year mathematics course, and need to do the following for ...
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Listing (peer reviewed) software article on CV

I am a contributor to an R package, and we are preparing a submission to the Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS). Submissions are peer reviewed (guidelines available here), and articles are ...
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Citing contributors to open source project when publishing to Zenodo

appleseed, our open source (MIT) physically-based rendering software, is used in various circles, one of them being academia. We have been asked to obtain a DOI so that our software could be cited. ...
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Managing lab funds

I am very fortunate to have several sources of research fundings to run my lab. Like many other skills needed for running a lab, I have no background in accounting (?). Different funds come through ...
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what is the best software for drawing mechanical mechanism? [closed]

I want a software which I can use to draw mechanisms like this picture: Update: the author told me that : "the figure was made in Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator by tracing the hand-drawn kinematic ...
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Git repo in shared folder or multiple cloned repos in each researcher individual folder for collaborative data analysis? [closed]

We are four social scientists working on a dataset that is in a secure server accessible via remote desktop. We have a shared folder where we put our code and datasets: root -functions -data -...
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Have there been attempts to get around “DeWitt clause”-like license restrictions?

(This is a complementary question to: Has the DeWitt Clause, which prevents publication of named DBMS benchmarks, ever been successfully defended in court?) Several commercial database vendors ...
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Work for college affecting assignment

For an assignment, I was paired up with a professor who also has an administrative role within my college. The assignment was unique to me, with a competitive process to be chosen for the assignment (...
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Can I develop software that solves a problem as a Master's thesis?

I have designed and developed software that solves a problem (In healthcare if it matters) for my master's degree, and I'm having some doubts about whether it could be considered an actual research to ...
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How to make a software documentation “officially” citable?

We are currently finishing the implementation of a scientific software library. It's the first project of this type for me and I'm curious, how to make the software citable in a similar way to Molpro ...
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Cheaper alternative citation managers for Mendeley [duplicate]

I am using Mendeley for paper and citation manager. Mendeley have 2 thing I need: index, searchable in all paper (title, author, content, ...) auto-lookup all information (title, author, conf, ...). ...
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Experience with paid English grammar and style software for writing papers?

I'm looking to suggest to our institute to invest in a paid software for helping writing, along the lines of Grammarly Premium, Antidote 10 or something similar. Does anyone have any experience with ...
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A team member of a coursework software development project didn't contribute in any way. Can I remove his name from the project?

I am the project manager of a small team of five undergraduate developers who have been working for months on a large system for our Senior Capstone project. Four members of the team, including myself,...
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When is a not updated software considered deprecated in the academic world?

Currently I'm writing a thesis in Computer Science for which I need to introduce and compare several open source tools that are available for performing a certain type of testing (mutation testing) on ...
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Why not design the proposed online survey using the actual survey tool? [closed]

Question: Assuming no school prohibitions on doing so, why would you not design the proposed survey in the proposed survey tool, and include screenshots of the survey in the proposal? Background: I ...
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License for research projects

What is a good way to license your research projects? Diving into the details of most licences, a lot of their wording and concerns seem centered around 'redistribution', and are not so much driven ...
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Can a lecturer force you to learn a specific programming syntax / language?

My class is currently further learning our relational database / SQL as part of the course. The lecturer we have currently is restricting us to learning specifically Oracle SQL syntax rather than ...
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Is there a tool to visualize the citation network which works with Google Scholar?

I know about tools like CitNet Explorer and VOSviewer, but they only work with Web of Science, which doesn't contain many papers I'd like to have in the network. Is there any software, which does the ...
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Why isn't implementing scientific libraries in software considered equivalent to a publication?

In academia, researchers live by the mantra of "publish or perish". This is because the contribution to society that academia gives is the expansion of human knowledge. However, given the importance ...
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Why was Roy Fielding's thesis on REST not adopted immediately? [closed]

Roy Fielding's thesis ( Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures ) was not implemented/adopted immediately, was there any specific reason for this ? The thesis was ...
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University-wide use of cracked OS and software – how to fix this?

My university is using cracked OS and software throughout. The school is very huge at 70 hectares and there are buildings everywhere. All of the computers in the computer labs and offices are full of ...
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Is a software developer entitled to participate to paper?

I'm an external consultant who has been brought to develop a software suite to collect, analyze and reduce data for a project (with oral assurance that I would participate to any paper to come from ...
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Automated legal download of multiple full-text PDFs by parsing entries in bib file [duplicate]

I am posting this question here after being badly bruised by Mendeley in it's capabilities to handle PDFs gracefully. Working from one of my university's library computers, I had downloaded PDFs of ...
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Choosing a right career pathway? [closed]

I am in a very confused situation as to how to decide my career pathway. First of all, a brief intro of myself. My Background I have completed my BEng in Software Engineering with an ordinary degree....
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Missing Software Citations

I've written a statistical software package and published a paper on it. Recently, it appears to have received moderate use, but with at least less than a 50% citation rate. I know this because Google ...
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Is it safe to use pirated software for Doctoral research?

I am using unlicensed simulation software (downloaded from torrents) for Doctoral Thesis (and Research papers) on my personal laptop without the knowledge of my institution as the university doesn't ...
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Is there any way to stop the one-way brain drain from academia to industry? [closed]

About 5 years ago, Jake VanderPlas wrote an interesting and in my opinion, crucial, piece on why many academic cultures are unsustainable in the long run, and will eventually be outcompeted industry ...
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How can multiple people grade assignments online so that different graders don't see each others' grades?

this question is related to how you do your double blind marking for assignments, we are looking at the coursework plugin for moodle but are interested in how other other institutions do this. a ...
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Is there a reference managing software that shows/extracts content of highlights? [closed]

I'm mostly using Mendeley, but after reading lots of ebooks with the Kindle app, I've noticed that I really like the feature that shows me the content of all highlights and the ability to jump to the ...
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How to format the name of an R package in thesis?

In a thesis, when referring to an R package (a statistical software), how should I write it? Should it be italicized/treated like a title? Or just like any other word. The package name is not a "...
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How to review a software-tool paper?

I often get asked to review papers on new software tools. This always makes me wonder how one should review such a paper, or even whether software papers should undergo a typical review process at all?...
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How do I write the methodology part of a paper if I use commercial software?

I research the aerodynamics of an air vehicle. I use commercial fluid-dynamics software (we have a commercial license). However, I noticed that most papers dealing similar research use homemade ...
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precision vs. usefulness [closed]

I presented a testing (specifically, symbolic execution) approach for special language. I have a problem in evaluating my approach. I am going to evaluate correctness and usefulness of the approach. ...
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Is it reasonable to get the university's legal team to advise on an open source licensing issue that affects software developed for research

I am developing some open source software for use in research. I intend to publish a paper about it. (It is marginally novel, and there is a venue I have in mind that accepts such.) One piece of ...
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Is it legitimate to present self-developed, but commercial, software within my dissertation?

The situation goes like this: Within my dissertation (doctoral degree) I present a software library which I wrote by myself for a company I work for. Thus, the software is commercial and the rights ...
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How can TAs encourage institution to use different administrative software

I'm teaching in a university where many different types of administrative software are used. Many seem a bit clunky and badly designed, but I'm only interested in those relating to teaching. Some of ...
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zotero: can I manually change a citation style

I'm in the humanities, and I'm currently using zotero to cite primary and secondary materials in my dissertation. I apply the Chicago Manual Style, and don't have any issues with secondary sources. I ...
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Do you consider it as weird if I thank the open-source community in the acknowledgement section of a paper?

In a PhD thesis I read recently, the author mentioned open-source software in the Acknowledgement section, an idea that I liked very much (I missed that opportunity in my thesis). Now I am ...
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How to stay organized while conducting research? [closed]

Doing research, there are plenty of stuff we should take care of, different articles and notes, websites etc.. It is sometimes hard to stay ordered and not to get lost in too many pieces of ...
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How to justify motivations for a second master?

I have already graduate from a master degree in Europe (Software Engineering) , and applied for another master degree (Informatic) in Germany (TUM). I have applied with my BSc. degree diploma and ...
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Should I refer to this software in my research?

I have used HOMESTYLER online beta software to draw a room plan to be used in a research. I am not sure if it has to be referred to in the bibliography or not. What do you think?
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Using grants to make donations to institutions for using their resources/products?

In my academic area I constantly use free software/products such as Linux, Python, SageMath, Octave, Wikipedia, etc. I know that one can include software costs such as Matlab, Mathematica, Maple, ...
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Does reusing my own code from one project to an other count as plagiarism? [duplicate]

I am currently a under graduate and will be going into my final year of a Computer science course in October. The final year consists of a large programming project. Over the last 6 months I have ...
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Reference manager that sorts by number of citations

This question is related to: How to sort search results from SCOPUS or Web of Knowledge by number of citation in a specific field? but a little bit different. Is there a citation manager that keeps ...
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For Applied Maths / Engineering masters and PhDs transitioning into industry, do they still get to use MATLAB?

MATLAB seems to be the software of choice in applied math and engineering departments that I know of. It is a very well-documented software, and so learning how to utilize it, whether it'd be for ...