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How should I deal with challenging master thesis students as a supervisor?

You are trying to be helpful, but there is such a thing as too much handholding. The more helpful you are, the more likely students are to exploit this and to become a help vampire. You do not owe ...
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Should a PhD Supervisor check if the methodology is correct?

tl;dr: Do not expect your supervisor to micromanage your work; learn to do it yourself. PhD is a research degree. Although there are some rules (ethical, procedural) about how research should be done, ...
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How to defend plagiarism in my bachelor's thesis

Hard to say without knowing your thesis, the other thesis, and how you referred to this earlier thesis. But - working on a similar topic and therefore having a similar story and references isn't ...
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How to defend plagiarism in my bachelor's thesis

Tell the truth. It depends on how much you copied and how whether what you wrote here will count as an excuse or not. There is nothing else you can do.
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Is losing raw data regarded as data fabrication? (Unpublished undergraduate thesis)

To answer your title question, no, fabrication of data is not the same as losing data. The latter is certainly still undesirable, but nowhere near as bad as the former. As you point out, losing data ...
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Should a PhD Supervisor check if the methodology is correct?

You discovered a mistake in your protocol. You discovered the mistake on your own. You ask whether you can fault your PhD advisor for not telling you (soon enough) beforehand how to avoid the mistake. ...
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How to defend plagiarism in my bachelor's thesis

In general, we are not judged by our intentions, but by our actions. What you are describing sounds an awful lot like plagiarism (though as others point out, this is hard to tell without actually ...
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Should a PhD Supervisor check if the methodology is correct?

My own opinion (and practice) is that, yes, it is the supervisor's job to assure such things. Perhaps not personally, as it can be delegated to others, but it should be done. But there are a wide ...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

Some similarity checkers are moderately good at finding text that is similar between two documents. If a reputable checker says two sentences are the same, it is almost certain that they actually are. ...
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How to write a scientifc work of my design

I'm interpreting the question here, for the sake of potentially being useful to other situations, to be: "How does one write an academic report on a project whose major output is a piece of ...
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How do you reference a dissertation that is turned into a book?

Assuming that you still hold copyright to the dissertation, it is enough to say, perhaps in the forward to the book, that it draws heavily from the dissertation including long passages taken directly ...
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