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Questions tagged [theory]

Questions relating to theory in an academic context.

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Transferring PhD departments [closed]

I was wondering, I'm interested in both some aspects of pure math and some aspects of theoretical computer science. I'm currently in a PhD program in computer science at a pretty decent institution (...
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What guarantee the validity and relevance of “grand” social sciences' theories? [closed]

During my undergraduate years, I took a variety of courses in social sciences, and was exposed to writings by famous thinkers like Freud, Habermas, Foucault, Claude Lévi-Strauss, as well as lesser-...
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Where do new ideas come from in research? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student working in computational theory which includes some amount of mathematics. I am currently in the middle stage. I have read a few research papers and have been working on some ...
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Is it normal as a researcher publishing a new theory or model to keep having uncertainties and self doubt?

Even if your theory or model has been proven by experimentation and accepted for publication... is it normal to still doubt oneself and have uncertainty in their proposed theory/model? Or does this ...
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Switching theoretical base for Ph.D. studies [closed]

I have a Master's Degree in a Humanities/Social Sciences discipline. I'm interested in pursuing a Ph.D. studies within this discipline. My Master's thesis had a Posthumanist theoretical base. Would ...
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Why am I taught theory that I have no idea how to apply in practice?

I am a third year Computer Science student. The question that I reach out to you with is featured in the title. There are some lectures that make me ask such questions. For the sake of this discussion ...
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Obstacles to collaborative research between experimentalists, theorists, and computational researchers

As an undergrad, I'm just starting to get a feel for the academic world. Obviously, the ability to communicate well in a collaborative relationship is extremely important. As a fledgling STEM ...
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Is it true that STEM professors must be theorists in order to win the big prizes?

So I have heard that professors doing applied work in math research have like no chance to win the big prizes in their fields, and that only the theorists win the big math prizes. Is this true? You ...
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Research on Biological Networks [closed]

I have a background in Physics and am currently pursuing a research career in experimental Biophysics. I've spent over a year on my project and am struggling terribly. I'm considering switching to ...
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When do you consider the writing of a theoretical framework to be complete?

As I am writing the proposal for my thesis, I am finding a lot of works to include in my theoretical framework with some items that take the spotlight because they are tied into my methodology. I'm ...
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Have traditionally pure math departments gotten more 'applied' with the boom in Data Science? [closed]

Specifically, I am thinking of top pure math departments in the U.S., e.g., Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, UCLA, Berkeley, etc. I know that many of these top places now have entirely separate ...
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How often do academic researchers use inferior tools for their research, when clearly better tools exist but are too difficult to use? [closed]

One example that I recently learned of is the use of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) vs. delay equations in mathematical modeling. ODEs are apparently "memoryless" - like how Markov chains are ...
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How to start doing “more theoretical” research? [closed]

I guess, this question might be not only of my personal interest: I'm a first year PhD CS student, during my BSc and MSc, all research projects I did were purely practical - we hypothesize that ...
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Can I do experimental research after doing a computational PhD in Chemical Engineering?

I am a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at a good research university in the USA. I came for the master's program and started working with a professor from day one. It has been a year, I like ...
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How do I know if I am fit to do a PhD in my area of interest, specifically, theoretical CS, when my background was mostly applied EE?

I have a Master's degree from a good (top-15) school in Signal Processing and my Master's research involved mainly helping out PhD students in very applied projects. The idea of the project was nice (...
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Is it better to focus on relearning mathematics fundamentals or learn material as needed to understand research papers?

I am working toward a PhD degree and my major involves lot of mathematics. The problem is that my basis of math is not very strong but after putting a lot of time I can understand the theorems, lemmas,...
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Sources to understand dissertation process, methods?

I am a first-year psychology doctoral student (PsyD) and am forming my dissertation topic. I am having trouble finding a really good book or article that outlines the guts of what makes a good ...
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How much theory should be given in article? [closed]

I have created a software and the assisting methodology for its application to some kinetic studies. I used a lot of theory. E.g., I used kinetic model, reactor model, data analysis (about 7 methods ...
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What is a strategy to do theoretical research?

Thanks to some great SE answers on a previous question I posted, I realized that even though I don't have an RA at the moment (I am a first year PhD student), I must start my research ASAP. I am ...
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How would someone transition from the business sector to academic research?

I am a junior undergraduate at an accredited college in the United States majoring in a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program. Currently, I work at a for-profit business to gain some ...
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If I am interested in specializing in theory of computation, should I be looking for a PhD program in CS or math?

I took a Theory of Computation class years ago through my university's math department that I really enjoyed and found interesting. If I wanted to further pursue study/research/specialization with ...
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Is it common for research disciplines to have a large gap between theory and practice?

TL;DR: Is it normal that the theory sub-community and the applied sub-community of a single research field to have different goals and different standards for peer review - to the extent that the ...
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What to do when your student is convinced that he will be the next Einstein?

As an adviser, I have found it to be a detrimental motive for a student to focus solely on surpassing Einstein in achievement, for many reasons. One student in particular has busied himself with the ...
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What recent research looks at how scientific theories are established?

I'm interested in quantitative understanding of where new scientific theories come from, and the process by which they grow/develop/become established. This is intended as mainly a sociological/...
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How to approach research on an unproven theory for academic submission?

I'd like to look more into the Fermi Paradox for research purposes and possibly submit it as an academic paper. The Fermi Paradox is a theory proposed by a scientist that has some very interesting ...
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How to add mathematical rigor to systems research?

My research focuses on wireless networking and designing various protocols. I primarily build systems. I, sometimes, analyze the performance of those systems, using techniques from probability, ...
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How many people does it take to establish a theory? [closed]

There are often theories published by scientists in both the hard sciences and social sciences based on new understanding of fundamental science and better data collecting mechanisms that runs in ...
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How do theorists obtain summer funding after the beginning of February?

My adviser just informed me that summer funding for theoretical research in his department is unavailable for the coming summer. I trying to brainstorm many different ways to obtain summer funding. ...
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Can I come up with a new theory in the course of my PhD research? [closed]

I have reviewed the theoretical trajectory of my research topic and I see gaps that I would like to fill with my own proposed theory. Is it too early in my career to put forward a theory? I am just a ...
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If my research is applying methods from field X to field Y, should I do my PhD in field X or field Y?

Let's say I'm a PhD student in a field, let's call it X, and my research is all based on taking the methods developed in field X and applying them to some other fields, let's call them Y, Z, and W. ...
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Is patenting based on theoretical findings possible?

Imagine one, as part of their academic research, makes a theoretical finding of a new material with interesting properties based on a computer simulation. The method used in the simulation is sound ...
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How should I express theorems without a proof in a research paper?

What do you do when you have a conjecture, and you run experiments that confirm your conjecture, but you are unable to provide a formal proof (perhaps because it's too complicated)? Do you name them ...
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How could one best go about research in Pure Mathematics, whilst holding a full/part-time job?

I am still working towards an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, however I don't believe it's possible to think about research too early. I'm thinking about going in the direction of Pure ...
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Where does Computer Science background students fit in Theoretical Physics

I am basically an Electronics student - background in Computer Science (that's where I want to work). I applied for an internship in USA in a research institute where the group is focused in ...
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Is it acceptable to refer to theories to support an argument?

In my field, education, there are many named theories, for e.g., the “Atkinson-Shiffrin memory model”, which educators often talk about and debate. While writing various graduate papers, my ...
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A better way to train future Theoretical Computer Science researchers

My questions: Are there universites offering a B.Sc. in computer science aimed solely at giving the best training to future theoretical computer science researchers? (in the universities I ...