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I think you're focusing on the wrong facet. Instead of worrying, "How do I optimize their process," think, "What makes an optimum process?" - and then relate that to the existing model. If it turns out that the optimum way of doing something is what the company is already doing, that's great!. It's not a failure if the company is already doing the right ...


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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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You'll need to conduct due diligence to ensure that the code generating the simulation is accurate and that you fully understand how it is working; otherwise other peoples' mistakes become your own. Personally, I would take that code and deconstruct it to the point I understand how it works, then re-write it on my own. That said, nothing prevents you from ...


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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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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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I think the only conclusion that you can draw from the situation is that the PI perceived something that made her feel like she didn't want to commit to a multi-year relationship with you. I don't think it does you much good to wonder if she really has the resources for more than one student or not. There are some hints in some of the comments you've made ...


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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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"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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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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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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Yes, for empirical research you should have a hypothesis. While review papers don't necessarily need one, you should still have one to outline the expectations going into it based on the literature. I would say "check the style guidelines" but I have never come across one that says a hypothesis is either optional or not required. Some exceptions to this ...


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In some sense, there is always a hypothesis, but this is not always a useful way to look at the situation. A key thing in experimental work in computer science is that the specific results rarely matter. We are measuring the performance of implemented methods, but the implementations are imperfect realizations of theoretical methods, which in turn are ...


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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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Particularly when you are government funded (at least in the US), you are merely the data steward. If asked for your data, you are obliged to make every effort to share. Inventions, IP, patents etc are different, and usually concern what the data means or how it can be used. Here you must engage with university legal counsel to reach an agreement because ...


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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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No one. The short answer is that “data” as the term is understood by US law is not covered by copyright, thus in popular parlance it is not “owned” by anyone. If you google “can data be copyrighted” you will find various articles explaining this in more detail. Here is one. The longer answer is that, as seems to often be the case in matters of law, the ...


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For the NSF, specifically, see: https://www.nsf.gov/od/ogc/intelprop.jsp For NIH, see: https://grants.nih.gov/policy/intell-property.htm Each agency will have a published policy. Just go look for it. Or consult an IP lawyer. But note that acknowledgement for something and ownership of it are quite different things.


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It depends on the type of research you’re doing. There are three different general types of research: descriptive/qualitative, scientific/quantitative, and artefact-oriented. Only scientific/quantitative research uses hypothesis testing, and all three approaches are used in the IT space depending on what your research question is. Artefact-oriented ...


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Your question itself is very hypothetical, because as soon as you need funding/grants or conduct experiments with costly infrastructure you have to argue for others or your self, if it is reasonable what you are doing. Just comparing two methods and looking what is better afterwards is not how planned research is working and experiments like hubble space ...


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It is not necessarily true that you will draw the same conclusions when doing experiments with or without a hypothesis. This is because a good hypothesis contains an expectation of the outcome which you can and usually will formulate - in text or in thoughts - due to your expertise. So you already have an idea what to look for. The conclusions you draw from ...


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In electrical engineering, a model is a (usually simplified) mathematical description of a real phenomenon. Models are developed to be able to apply mathematical tools/algorithms to real-life problems. The term framework usually refers to a software framework (this probably applies in your case if you are in computer science). That is, a set of software ...


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I can only answer this in the context of psychology, and within the context of my own understanding. A model and a framework I would interpret as more a system of how concepts are understood and explained; of the two, a framework is broader and more general, and a model usually refers to specific variables relating in a particular way to each other. ...


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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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Your story reminded me of the Monty Hall problem. Even great mathematicians didn't believe: Many readers of vos Savant's column refused to believe switching is beneficial despite her explanation. After the problem appeared in Parade, approximately 10,000 readers, including nearly 1,000 with PhDs, wrote to the magazine, most of them claiming vos Savant was ...


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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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Let me suggest a few things. First, having some teaching experience is useful for most beginning academics. So a TA has value in itself. It shouldn't be hard to "sell" that. However, the professor now funning you has no input into who is a TA. That is normally a department decision. You apply there for a position, not to a particular professor. You may have ...


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That is probably possible, provided that your advisor approves. You will need to set up a communication channel with the advisor, of course. You will also need to make sure the all fees are paid for your degree. But many advisors will permit this. And, I hope, most universities. I know of at least one such case, but here, the candidate had to make several ...


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First of all, the research suggestion does not reach to be able to contribute to the ​​professional environment. In fact, this condition is not required for your degree in now. And, this isn't searched. However, while will give any suggestion to the environment; you have to especially interpret the same topics by a high-level English and the using technical ...


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From a mathematician's point of view (I think the situation is fairly similar in CS): It should suffice to leave your research in a state where others can pick it up. For example: Any preprints that are sufficiently presentable (if not necessarily polished enough for a referee's tastes) can be posted on a preprint repository, if necessary with comments ...


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For respecting your previous hard work and not wasting it, you can try not to quit halfaway, despite of the reasons behind quitting. As you said, the professor is excited, so see if you can ask him for help, or tell him the reasons behind quitting, especially that the required changes on your work to be accepted and published will not exhaust you as ...


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I suggest that you frame it differently. Don't consider whether it is "professional" or not. Think about what you want to do for yourself, including how you want to interact with the professor. These may be in conflict, I understand. But it is your life. My suggestion is that you work with the professor, even if only a bit. Having a publication never hurts ...


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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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Perhaps you are thinking of a "PhD by publication", which is a different thing. See, for example, https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/08/20/a-phd-by-publication-is-a-great-way-to-build-your-academic-profile-but-be-mindful-of-its-challenges/


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I suppose it’s possible to physically not attend a university and still complete a degree, by correspondence, distance education or such similar means, or take courses for a graduate degree remotely and submit a thesis also remotely. Either way, this is a distinction between being physically on site vs off-side, rather than just submitting a thesis without ...


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I think that what you describe, especially acquiring a degree without university association, would be very rare, if it is even possible. Degrees are normally awarded by universities and there are usually many requirements. In particular here are normally attendance and course requirements, especially below the doctoral level. If someone is in a degree ...


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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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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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