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Questions tagged [software]

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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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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How to deal with involvement of a business idea documents in academic research?

Full disclosure (at the beginning in order to increase my credibility): I'm searching for a professor supervising my Bachelor thesis, i.e. under-graduate, however the question can apply to academics ...
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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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Free and open software to create and layout questionnaire for later printing [closed]

This is about creating, layouting and (later) modifing questionnaire documents. The end-product should be a PDF or another accurate (in desktop publishing meaning) printable format. I don't mean ...
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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 ...
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Popular software used in research is incorrectly reporting solution is optimal: what to do?

I have an example demonstrating the solution produced by a popularly used software package is not the optimal solution, despite the software claiming that it is. Several recent papers published from ...
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Best way to poll students during a class by web

I'm looking to get feedback from students fairly seamlessly during a lecture. I know that there is a reluctance to raise one's hand (if part of a large audience), and my experience of such polling ...
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How do I use internet comments in my research?

I want to use comments on the internet to gather user requirements. I plan to collect these comments, read them and decide what the person wants based on what they've written. These list of "wants" ...
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How do you promote your papers in Mendeley?

A colleague of mine says mendeley is a good place for promoting published papers to be read by peers. However, as I tried, it is a private library for a person or a group of people. Am I missing ...
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Is it a good idea to use Octave to teach an Intro to Matlab course?

I just discovered GNU Octave, a free open-source alternative to Matlab. I was wondering if it would be wise to teach an "Intro to Matlab" course using Octave instead of Matlab. My motivations are ...
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Better to cite github project or web page of unpublished software?

In my research, I am using several compression algorithms that do not have a related publication. For example Facebook's lzfse. Would it better to cite it's active github project (e.g., https://github....
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Branches of software engineering [closed]

I have to decide on which branch of software engineering to focus my studies. In my institute, the branches are not fixed. Each student has the possibility to propose their branch. For example, I ...
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co-authorship for software adaption

Beside the determination of a property of newly prepared compounds, I aimed for a comparision with the value of the same property for already literature-known materials. During this meta-analysis I ...
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What favour is suitable in return for running a costly software?

My work relies on using a software that is quite costly. It is painful to pay for a yearly license considering that I use it only a fraction of the time. Using an open-source software is an ...
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Writing and publishing a technical note about an R package

I prepared a developmental version of an R package specific to my field of study. Now I would like to encourage more people to use it and contribute code. My plan is to release a technical note ...
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what are my options if the degree i want is not available on my country? [closed]

Hello this is the first time i post something here: I live in Argentina and I'm 18. Currently, I'm giving my evaluation exams to enter UTN university (It's one of the best universities in Argentina, ...
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Is there something like Qnotero for Mendeley? [closed]

I've been using Zotero for bibliography, citation and reference management for a long time. Particularly, I came to love Qnotero, which is a stand-alone application, providing a handy way of accessing ...
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Can I use decompiled source code for research?

In my research field, software tools are considered a research outcome, and therefore it's normal that researchers build tools and make them publicly available. However, in many cases, the authors ...
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Where to draw the line for authorship for a software-announcement paper?

I am currently working on a scientific software, for which I want to publish a software-announcement paper in a pertaining journal. While I am doing and probably will continue to do the vast majority ...
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Quotation/reference manager for print books

What is an effective and efficient system for storing quotes and notes from print books to be retrieved later? When we read books and articles in electronic format there are easy ways to mark quotes ...