Questions tagged [thesis]

Questions related to initiation, preparation, editing and presentation of a research thesis. A Thesis is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. A Thesis must include personal research and the proper citations from other publications in the research topic.

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Interesting vs tractable PhD topics

When one starts a PhD, should it be based upon interest or tractability of the project? If a project fails is switching advisors a reasonable option within the same department? I have a couple options ...
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Can you give an example in a formal definition?

I would like to give an example in a formal definition. My concern is, by giving an example, I am implicitly demonstrating that the definition is not precise/clear enough. Is it acceptable to give an ...
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How to prepare for Thesis defence presentation?

I am doing Master Thesis which is now in a final stage. My Thesis submission is in around 3 weeks and i am almost done with documenting my findings. This is my first ever Thesis writing in my whole ...
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A professor invited me to their seminar when I enquired about working on a master thesis with them: did they reject me?

I am a master student. In the next year I need to start my work on master thesis. I have sent letters to two professors in the same group, stating my interest, and have asked if they have a suitable ...
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Does a glossary make sense in a computer science masters' thesis

This question was first asked on writing, a user pointed me at this site. I am currently writing my master thesis in computer science, more specifically on voice activity detection, a sub-area of ...
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What is the difference between preparing a research proposal and writing the actual thesis in the case of theoretical research?

In some countries, whenever someone applies for a Ph.D. admission, the universities ask for a research proposal. A research proposal includes a literature review and bibliography. If the research is ...
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Graduated but still working on bachelor's project, how to write in CV

I graduated my bachelor's recently (have not received the final degree yet, but all the requirements are done and I have a provisional degree). As part of the degree, we are required to do a bachelor'...
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Is it okay to mention what a different chair is working on?

I'm a university student and am looking for a master's thesis topic. I also have a job at a company and this company is cooperating with a chair / staff of a chair (i.e. people working for a teaching ...
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Supervising same work again and again

I found few professors having supervised more than 200 masters theses 'each' in the past 14-15 years. When looked at these theses, I found that out of 200 theses supervised by a professor, more than ...
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I've collected years of data using a defective piece of equipment. How to salvage my thesis and graduate?

I'm writing my thesis for an Engineering PhD. Our department has a tool for measuring trace metals (an ICP-OES) that I was supposed to use to collect my data. Unfortunately this equipment proved to be ...
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Is there a rule for repeated letters when creating acronyms/initialisms/abbreviations?

I'm writing my master thesis and I've created an initialism that has the letter S repeated three times in a row (the initialism is OSSSP and stands for Optimization Search Space Scope Parameters). In ...
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Failed my BEng dissertation in a computer/electronics related field twice, how do I move forward?

I went to university to study a degree which has computer software and hardware elements to it. I didn't do badly in my normal modules at all, I never got below a 2:1 grade in any module, and some of ...
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Contacting promotor and assistant/supervisor in regards to master's thesis after weeks of radio silence

I am a master student and currently finishing my master's thesis. Ever since the beginning of COVID I have been experiencing depression and anxiety. This resulted in not being able to work as hard as ...
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How to defend plagiarism in master's thesis

I am an Indian student and studying in the USA away from home and family. I am writing my master's thesis in a private University and we were two weeks away to submit the final version to the ...
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Would it be alright to break down the Acknowledgements into sections?

Would it be alright to break down the acknowledgements of a thesis into a few small sections with individual section headings? For example: Academic and Professional Acknowledgements Personal ...
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Can I quote books and articles I found online in my Master's thesis?

During lockdown I found some books/articles online for my thesis. Am I allowed to quote them or is it unprofessional? Should I find a paper edition and quote that instead?
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Is it correct to use citations as nouns for scientific papers, such as dissertations of articles?

Which of these two is better accepted, or preferred, for scientific papers? THIS The model detaches the calculation of the vertical velocity from the equations system, and focuses on the longitudinal ...
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How to become competitive for PhD in data science? [duplicate]

I want to apply for Ph.D at a good Western university (e.g., in the UK or US) in data science. I have a master's degree (no thesis) and only one publication in a local journal. Will I be competitive ...
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Master's and Bachelor's theses on the same topic?

I am a student of a M.Sc. in Economics. For reasons that are really beyond my control, a week ago I was asked to write a one-page draft of my Master's thesis topic, so that I can be assigned to a ...
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Is it common to have a personal copy of one’s own PhD thesis?

I worked very hard on my PhD thesis, and I think it would be cool to have a nicely bound physical copy of it. I’m simply wondering if obtaining one is a common thing to do.
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Posting a (non-original research) Masters thesis on arXiv?

Based on the following posts: Posting master's thesis on arxiv? Should one put their Master's thesis online? although my question differs in that my "Master's thesis" was not part of ...
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PhD Partial thesis and changing advisors(or transferring universities)

Suppose you have written part of a thesis(normally a PhD thesis in my field has 2-3 parts, each part may be different from the others). How is it handled if you change advisors? Can you keep the parts ...
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In the writing phase of masters thesis, is it advisable to take a course that is unrelated? [closed]

I'm supposed to be writing my master thesis now in numerical optimization and I have a chance to attend an online course in Analysis. It is unrelated to my thesis topic and the course will require me ...
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If I publish my PhD thesis chapters, can my thesis be later still published as a monograph

My supervisor told me that it is not required to publish my papers before submitting my thesis. We are required (in German universities), however, to published our monograph thesis later as a book. ...
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Proper way of including pictures into the Master's thesis [duplicate]

I'm doing mathematics and my thesis consists mainly of understanding and elaborating couple of articles, writing clearly everything down, and possibly including a little of my own original work at the ...
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Evaluating a Master Thesis [closed]

This is my first time that I am asked to evaluate a master thesis. I would appreciate if some one can give me some tips in this manner: Should the thesis contains any new results (NEW = Something ...
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Is there a multi-supervisor multi-author PhD thesis culture anywhere in the world?

Current PhD training culture involves supervisor student relationship, atleast at my institute. There is a risk associated with single point failures that might arise as a result of testing a ...
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can I take parts from my thesis (different language) to be used in a paper without paraphrasing?

My PhD thesis is in French, can I take parts from it, just translate them to English (without any paraphrasing) and use them in my next paper? would this cause any plagiarism issues?
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Paper was rejected for high similarity with parts of my own dissertation

My PhD thesis consisted of two published papers and one submitted paper embedded in some additional framing. For completion of my PhD, I had to upload my thesis to the servers of our academic library, ...
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Research Methodology for Developing Novel Tool [closed]

I hypothesize that by combining the results of two areas of research in the field of machine learning (say field A and field B), the production of digital goods in business area C could be automated ...
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Does the length of a PhD thesis matter?

I am writing a PhD thesis in literature. I have covered all areas in about 120 pages. Does the length of a PhD thesis matter even if it has covered all the areas mentioned in the synopsis?
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How to write the introduction of a stapler PhD thesis? [duplicate]

It looks like I am going to have three articles (if all goes well) that are dealing with quite different fields (psycho-accoustics, time-series analysis and machine learning). I do not have a single ...
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How can I obtain information on the academic history of my great grandfather?

My great grandfather completed his PhD in 1948 at Leeds University. I was recently able to find his PhD thesis online. From what I could understand, only a physical copy exists in the archives. ...
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Can I quote from my interviewees before the methodology section in my dissertation?

I would like to use a couple of quotes from my interviewees (primary data) before the methodology and results section. Is there any hard and fast rule about not introducing research data before the ...
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What is the point of a thesis defense presentation?

Context: math master's thesis. I get that I need to show up and be able to have a discussion and answer questions, etc. That's all fine and good. But in my uni, 70 % of the thesis defence consist of ...
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What should I do if my former advisor wants to use my research project data (including dissertation) for the current PhD student's dissertation?

I finished my dissertation about 2 years ago and currently continue for a clinical program in the same department. I collected the data from many subjects for my research project including ...
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What's are some of the strangest ackowledgements you've ever seen in a masters/PhD thesis? [closed]

Typical "ackowledgements" section in a thesis thank supervisors, collegues, friends, family and/or deity. There was a recent article on atypical acknowledgements, such as this one below: ...
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Advisor is unhappy with M.Sc. research results and is showing signs of preventing the student from graduating. What should be done?

I am having difficulties with an advisor who has not been clear with me on my research project, and I am fearful that I will not be allowed to graduate on time. What should I do? Please allow me to ...
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Colleague blames me for not spotting typos when I only reviewed the structure and content

I am a graduate student (PhD) in a STEM program. A fellow lab mate of mine asked me to review a chapter (basically the background/history of their project) of their graduate thesis a couple months ...
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Dedicating PhD thesis to my Dad who recently passed away

I lost my Dad while waiting for the examiners reports of my thesis. In my final copy I would like to include a dedication page to him (in addition to the general acknowledgements page), but I'm not ...
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How to evaluate a thesis based on papers with multiple authors

I was asked to be a referee of a PhD thesis. The thesis is completely based on several papers published in journals. All the papers have, besides the PhD student, other authors (different authors for ...
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Do you need to state that you have written permission from the copyright holder of the image I use as cover

I am using a picture for the cover of my thesis. I received written permission from the copyright holder of this picture that I may use it for this purpose. Do I need to make a comment somewhere in my ...
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Would this kind of paraphrasing be called “plagiarism”? [closed]

Original Text: The questionnaire was designed by the researcher to gather data on the perceptions of students based on their experiences in the blended environment. It consisted of Likert-type items ...
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I conceptually understand a result, but not its mathematical implementation – how can I defend using it?

There is a particular result from another author that I wanted to use in my research which is a central component to my research question (it’s an animal’s growth rate). However, deriving the results ...
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How bad would it be to graduate with a thesis not able to show positive results?

I'm almost at the end of my research dissertation for my MSc program and my results could not prove any improvement in the techniques already well established. I relied too much on a paper talking ...
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What should I do if I have been away from writing a dissertation for some time?

The subject of my research is very broad and has many aspects. I have measured the aspects many times before and thought about related topics. But I've been away from doing research for a while, I've ...
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Is it ill-advised to make a cover for your thesis in STEM?

I handed in my undergraduate thesis in mathematics and since I had extra time due to COVID-19 lockdown, I had made a cover drawing for it that I included. I've never seen a thesis with a cover in the ...
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Citing Data That Was Compiled From Many Sources and Then Summarized? (Updated)

The Problem The author of the dissertation (PhD) collected publicly available raw data from the websites of over 40 universities. The data itself spanned 40 years. After compiling the data into a ...
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Why is method so important for a thesis?

Right now I am preparing a paper for my bachelor's degree thesis in computer science. I myself is an active programmer at work in my company and have created many programs till now. I want to take ...
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Should I copy a short a proof from another paper or just refer to it?

I want to use a short (5 lines) mathematical proof from someone else's machine learning paper in my master thesis. Should I provide it, to help comprehension and save readers the trouble of looking ...

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