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I have a strong negative opinion on this. In 2002, I joined a PhD program and was at the same level of computer science education as peers who had recently completed CS degrees at good schools. My last prior formal CS education was a master's degree that I completed in 1975. I achieved that, as well as staying employable in the computer industry for over ...


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I think you are asking two slightly different questions at the same time: “Are TED speakers and their ideas credible? (as in "likely to be correct")” I'd say yes, since TED's process for inviting speakers is at least as strict as that of many scientific publications. Most TED speakers are invited to speak at TED because they've become renowned scientists ...


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A small sidenote to start things off: If I tell them "I read from Wikipedia that..." I get dismissed immediately, yet in online forums we use it like a Bible. Well, one of the reasons for that is that "I read in Wikipedia" is almost synonymous with "I have exactly 5 minutes worth of knowledge on the topic". The problem here really isn't the fact that you ...


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References can be as old as they need to be to cover the material. I had some that were more than 30 years old. But if all of your references are "old," people are going to want to know why. You must also be sure you cover the most current research in your field. A few in my own dissertation were for material published in the same year as my own work. ...


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This "solution" you've presented was brought up in a related question from a while ago. ...Then I went to Yahoo Answers, made a bunch of fake accounts, and posted tantalizingly wrong answers to all of my own HW questions. I have told all subsequent students not to google the HW answers because there are wrong solutions out there. The consensus at the ...


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The short answer, at least in theoretical computer science, is yes. Especially pre-tenure. The Coin of the Realm in academia is fame. Hiring and promotion decisions are based primarily on the perceptions of your impact by leaders in the research community. Those intellectual leaders must know who you are, they must know what you do, and they must think ...


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Maybe Zenodo or other "Academic Data Repository". Googling this would give you a list. Zenodo have some advantages. Gives you a DOI, Digial Object Identifier, a unique link and a academic standard for citations. You don't need acceptance to publish your data. Is a official EU project, used for giving research grants in Open AIRE project. Is hosted by CERN....


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It is massively unethical, because the internet does not exist in a vacuum. Consider the possibility that someone looking for a valid answer online, because they do not have or cannot afford this textbook, finds your professor's answer and assumes it is correct. Because of his deception, he has misled this and every other person who seeks this answer by ...


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If you also have some code associated with this data that you might like to share, another option might be GitHub. You wouldn't host the 12GB dataset in a GitHub repository itself; instead you would host your code, and create a readme.md file (GitHub will do this virtually automatically for you) where you write out instructions or other narrative. This is ...


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You can set up an alert on Google scholar that will do exactly what you want. From Google's help page: How do I get notified when a particular paper is cited? Search for the title of your paper, e.g., "Anti de Sitter space and holography"; click on the "Cited by" link at the bottom of the search result; and then click on the envelope icon in the ...


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Aside from giving excellent talks at important conferences, here are several other ideas. I've seen all of these work (although rarely all for the same paper). Maintain a freely available copy (or at least an arXiv link) on your personal web page. Keep your CV up to date, including links to freely available version of all your papers. Make sure Google ...


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In general, it is not considered fair use to download the entirety of a textbook, regardless of whether or not you're a student or enrolled in a class using the textbook. Fair use normally is considered to extend to making copies of small excerpts of larger works. For instance, you could copy a particularly relevant figure from a book, or a quote from a ...


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Short answer: Nope. Long answer: It's complicated. The proportion of the work copied can actually be the whole of the work (i.e. 100%), if the other parts of the fair use test provide a strong enough justification: The extent of permissible copying varies with the purpose and character of the use. Taking more of the copyrighted work than is ...


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Conferences are not organised for the talks alone. They are more like the academic equivalent of a pool party or a weekend football league. Although on the face of it the purpose might look like spending time in the pool or playing football, people really go there to meet other people. As a PhD student it took me a while to realise this. Most people attend ...


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Aditya's comment should be the accepted answer: Bitbucket offers unlimited private repos for academic users.


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You should never offer a link shortener as the only option in an academic paper, for two reasons: It's adding another point of failure: if the shortening service is down, then the link cannot be followed. This is a particular worry over time, since the service may go out of business. One of the big reasons why link shorteners are so popular is that they ...


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This is a very good point. There are certain questions I'd like to ask, but cannot because I'm not at all anonymous for the reasons you allude to or because current students might read those answers. That said, I chose not to be anonymous and I have adjusted my behaviour accordingly. Maybe my students like the idea that I can answer their questions on such a ...


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There are services that provide enough to support 12 GB of data. For example, Figshare provides 20 GB of free space (file size limit 5 GB) for private storage and apparently unlimited public space. They state they can support larger files but not through user upload. When you publish data you can assign a doi to the data set (this can actually be done much ...


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A book or paper on writing is a good introduction but can usually not solve everything. Reading a book does not mean you can reproduce what it teaches, particularly with writing since it is something that needs lots of practise. One problem is that writing is a question of both knowing how to structure the science but also a question of building and ...


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What do you expect from a good bachelor's thesis? The expectations for a bachelor's thesis vary from country to country and from field to field. However, I think the main points can be summarised as follows: the author shows a good understanding of the given problem the author is aware of the existing literature in the field, can discuss the literature ...


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The format presumed in the question is incorrect. The format is YYMM.NNNN, rather than YYYY.NNNN. Shortening the year to YY and including the month as MM gives a factor of 12 increase in the number of available IDs. Version numbers are appended to the ID, as v1, v2, and so on. That said, it is still a problem, but arxiv have thought about it. NNNN is a ...


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I think the primary reason professors don't want students to use Wikipedia is because a lot of students only quote Wikipedia instead of actually researching a topic. The great thing about Wikipedia is it can give you a general idea about a topic and offer a starting point to dig in deeper. However, students can be lazy and instead of digging in ...


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Being a Wikipedia contributor myself I would not like to see my students cite wikipedia, though I would not say that such citations should be forbidden. Here are a few reasons for this: Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, it does not contain original research and topics are not covered with great depth (for example in Wikipedia proofs for mathematical statements ...


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The very fact that you need to ask this question, in a way, provides its own answer. One of the primary functions of academia is to teach the skills of research. There are two aspects to this, both critical; first, being able to find what work has been done by others and, second, to do new work yourself. Without the ability to effectively do the former ...


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TED talks are for popularizing ideas in science, technology and arts, as emphasized in their tagline: Ideas worth spreading. Very often they are a nice starting point to get interested into a certain idea and they serve as a general food for thought. However, don't treat them as revelations, since: they are not comprehensive (in 5-20 min you can't ...


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The most common and sustainable thing to do is to deposit the data in a research data repository. Depending on which one you choose, the data will get a persistent identifier, e.g. a DOI, can be cited properly in publications, might be reused by other researchers, ... You can find a list of available data repositories at re3data, the registry of research ...


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I typically post my slides on my website as pdfs. On the title page of my slides, I have started adding a line that says something like "slides available on my preprint page", and sometimes I'll mention this at the start of my talk. On my website, I have a page for all my slides and I also link to the relevant slides on my preprints page. Personally, I ...


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I have been using https://www.csauthors.net/distance for a few years now. It seems to work decent considering I am not a mathematician either. However, it does not work on your name :(


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MIT OCW doesn't offer "courses". It offers "courseware" — basically textbooks with videos. Real MIT courses have live instructional staff who answer questions, run recitation sections, and offer feedback (in particular, grades) on your solutions to the homework and exam problems. Real MIT courses have deadlines that force (well, encourage) you to actually ...


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