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Having worked with master's students in an applied research lab, I am fairly confident that you are not expected to come up with a solution that will dramatically change the production process and lead to great profits. Your stipend is not contingent on your work delivering monetary returns; research doesn't work like that. You are engaged by them to apply ...


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Your work has not been in vain. What you have shown to the company are those methods which don't offer improvement, now, they can continue looking at other methods. While you have had a limited time to look at a few methods, you should write those up and then consider suggesting other avenues that they could continue after you finish. That should sort your ...


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Expectations First of all, it is important to be clear precisely what the expectations of this project are. If you are a master's student working alone on such a project, there should be no expectation of positive results, especially since you seem to indicate that you have only been working on it for a short amount of time. A Ph.D. might be a different ...


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The answer, of course, is that it varies with each reader and with the specific needs of each reader. For many people, a skim is sufficient for most papers. The question is "does this seem reasonable" and if so, there may be little need to go into the details. This is especially true about proofs. If an overview of the proof suggests that the techniques ...


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Start writing up now what you have. Describe (properly) the results of the 2-3 concepts. The next student doesnt have to repeat them then. If you finish the first (complete) draft and you have time, try to come up with hypothesis why these concept failed. If you even have more time, do numerical experiment to check this hypothesis. Add this to the thesis. ...


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From personal experience working with people from many other cultures, I know that in some Asian cultures the idea of "failing to complete a task that you have been promised to do" is taken much more seriously than it is in Europe. As a personal anecdote, a co-worker had arranged vacation time to make a religious pilgrimage. The group were scheduled to ...


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1500 euros/month is not a big deal for the companies, they do not expect you to offer them breakthrough solutions. Negative results are results, report them if you have. That is research Frame your suggestions as hypothesis and try to critically analyse them. Those optimization methods you mentioned try to address how they can enhance their production and ...


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It depends. If I'm just browsing MathSciNet or the arXiv to see what's out there, I'll read a large number of abstracts but few papers. If I find a paper that looks like it might be related to my research area (in a broad sense) then I'll likely read the introduction but nothing more. If I see a paper that looks like it might make use of techniques that ...


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From your description it is difficult to understand your research question. How about a little more detail so that the community can help you brainstorm ideas? Aside from that, you are suffering from tunnel-vision and defeatist mentality. You are so focused on failing you have become unable to gain traction. You need to take a few days rest, then come ...


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It's pretty hard to imagine that it would be a problem. More is generally better. And the time to publication for a submission can be long. It seems better that you keep working and submitting rather than waiting for one to complete the process. It shows you are active. Always a good thing.


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I have been on tons of search committees for faculty members, and I would never look at this in a negative light. A submitted manuscript doesn't mean it is substandard work. Conversely, I believe, it means you are an active researcher and have the ability to build a substantial research agenda. I wouldn't worry about this in the least.


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Look, I am Master student in a very similar field, Aeronautical engineering in Spain, I was going through the very same thing like a month and half ago, and with the help of my mum I realized that sometimes, health and wellness are way more important than academic results. Professional help will also help you getting over it, a healthy diet, taking care of ...


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From personal experience, I read a few papers very carefully and understood the proofs in full detail. For most papers a rough look at the results was sufficient. It depends mainly on the goal of reading the paper. The ones I read very carefully were usually the ones where I wanted to apply the technique to a similar setting for my own research. In order ...


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There are a few ideas. The first is to set aside some time each week for your own research. A few hours in a block, perhaps. The next is to keep a research notebook (or a small pack of index cards) with you at all times so that you can (a) review existing cards and (b) jot down any ideas that occur. Especially keep ideas for things that might be explored ...


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If you are in good terms with your PI and you have weekly meetings with her, it is probably best if you bring up the topic in your next meeting. If "lab politics" are really involved (which need not be the case), it is unlikely that she will provide more information through email. If she had told you that she would have funding and space for you all, it is ...


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You fail to recognize you already had a hypothesis. You have method A and method B, so clearly both are important And you knew that a priori. That said, you can remain agnostic as to the direction or non-direction of the effect (better? Worse?) - and that is the difference between one-tailed and two-tailed tests.


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If i will do this by simulation there wont be many things to write about. What we have there is the real problem, your attitude. If you cared about the subject, rather than only about getting the degree, you'd see many interesting things. For instance, try a sensitivity analysis. For each factor in your simulation, keep the others fixed and run ...


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The feedback I give below is rooted in my own experience, going through all years of school and employment - when I was always expected to provide something. I am not able to sleep. For the last 15 days I haven't gone out for shopping or anything. Eating just a little bit of food only one time. Talking to no one, my family or friends. Well, that is the ...


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This is not your fault. It seems like you had a bad supervisor at the company since a supervisor should meet up with you often to discuss your problems and your progress. He should guide you towards a successful thesis. Now, first of all, talk to your thesis supervisors and tell them about your concerns. You should have one supervisor in the company and one ...


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If you ask are there "any" then the answer is clearly yes. But, like anything else, skills are learned. I turned out to be a good teacher, beloved by my students (mostly - some exceptions). But I started out as a terrible teacher with really poor ideas about how people learn. If you don't do something (a lot) you aren't going to get very good at it. Being ...


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Use a different referee, time is now not on your side and she did not plan to be sick. If she is not capable of replying to emails she might be very sick so have some respect. You might consider sending her reference late with a note of explanation but I suggest you send the initial application fully complete. Many times the first stage of the sorting ...


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One of the biggest shocks of becoming faculty is that actually doing research is no longer the biggest part of your job. Certainly for me, the main source of collaboration for research as a faculty member is the graduate students I mentor. With a few hours a week, advising others on their work is a really efficient use of time, and then, when time allows or ...


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I have seen my fair share of mathematicians failing basic tasks. Probably more iconic ones are related to arithmetics but that is more understandable. For example I have seen a +40 years old working mathematician volunteering to teach differential equations because s/he didn't feel confident in his/her ability do solve them and wanted to force him/her-self ...


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It is hard to give you well-targeted advice, not knowing a lot more, but I can offer a few suggestions for thinking about the issues. First, your advisor's past comments may just have been momentary frustration that should probably not have been expressed. Perhaps he just has a volatile personality. But you seem to have convinced him now, so no problems. ...


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I've been educated that the correct scientific theory and analysis are far more important than the data collection. I disagree: Neither is more important. In your example, the second paper may not have been possible without the first. Similarly, perhaps third, fourth, and fifth papers could be written given the first, maybe independently of each other and ...


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"Submitted manuscripts" count less, but are still viewed favorably. Uploading these to a preprint server and stating the preprint number is a plus. The only thing that could look strange are too many "manuscripts in preparation": a committee might wonder if you finish in time what you started.


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Open source software is used everywhere. For all example, nearly all of High Performance Computing, and the entire field of Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E) works with open source software, and does so very successfully. Furthermore, these packages are often at least as good or better than what commercial packages can offer. Many of these ...


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Yes, open-source code can be used for research if it is cited everywhere you use results from it. You may first like to verify that the code is indeed open-source by verifying that the license is one of these: https://opensource.org/licenses This should be listed clearly on the website/repository/license/readme file. If this is not available, try contacting ...


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Writing software isn't research. Proving that a piece of software, written by yourself or others, can be research. How are you going to show that your software does what it set out to do? How are you going to show that it is better than the alternatives? For those questions you need methodology. Questionnaires? Observations? Objective measurements? Something....


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I'm asking this because I've attended many lectures given by well-known researchers and somehow they're all surprisingly good. While I can't identify any academics that are good researchers and poor teachers, I will note that there is good reason to think that good research and good teaching would be (at least weakly) positively correlated, and therefore it ...


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