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Is it cheating if I get paid to write simulation code for a grad student's thesis?

As long as the thesis states who did which things, it's not cheating. If the thesis says someone else did all the work, it will fail, but it won't be cheating.
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Is it cheating if I get paid to write simulation code for a grad student's thesis?

Not necessarily, though it might be on their part and it might not be wise to do it in such a case. I suggest that you ask for a three way conversation with the student and their advisor to clarify. ...
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My supervisor is suggesting I will fail my PhD, is this possible?

There are definitely fails in PhD defenses. It may depend on the specific system and I don't know about Canada, but I know of a number of them in the UK, where the candidate was asked to rework and ...
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My supervisor is suggesting I will fail my PhD, is this possible?

Your supervisor is aware of expectations for a PhD program. Their role is to help you understand these expectations and develop your PhD work to this standard. Having one IEEE Trans publication and a ...
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My supervisor is suggesting I will fail my PhD, is this possible?

Why PhD Defenses fail rarely The main reason why PhD defenses fail rarely is that the process is structured so that in general people attempt their defense only when they are almost certain to pass. ...
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Correcting mistakes in PhD thesis that examiners missed

Yes you should have sent them a summary of changes. No it’s not a big deal. They almost certainly wouldn’t have looked at it, and they’re very unlikely to have judged you badly for it anyway, everyone ...
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Is it cheating if I get paid to write simulation code for a grad student's thesis?

You do not say what field your "client" grad student is in. In physical science fields it's normal for the grad student to do models, simulations, etc, themselves - though the extent of the ...
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Correcting mistakes in PhD thesis that examiners missed

In a dissertation you are unlikely to be "called" in the future, assuming you made corrections and didn't add errors (unlikely). If your advisor is knowledgeable in your field and approves ...
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If I saw a sentence, kept the words in a certain order to make it more succinct, is it plagiarism?

I think you misunderstand plagiarism. If you take the work of others, no matter the words, and attribute it to yourself instead of citing it, then you commit plagiarism. It isn't about the words, or ...
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Is it common that a supervisor doesn't even read their students code?

It is common for supervisors to not read their students' code. That is because code is hard to read if it's not written by you. You can note this effect yourself if you try reading the code of open ...
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Is it cheating if I get paid to write simulation code for a grad student's thesis?

Without a much better description of the situation it's pretty hard to tell, but as written, but no, providing a computational tool, is not in and of itself cheating. Also, yes, there are ways that ...
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My supervisor is suggesting I will fail my PhD, is this possible?

Yes it is possible to fail a PhD defence and it does happen. Thankfully this is rare. I’m not in CS so I cannot compare with your peers but you should not make the error of thinking that you need so ...
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To what extent should papers from a PhD dissertation form a coherent whole?

You could probably ask your supervisor for the official list of criteria applied for assessing PhD theses; maybe this is even accessible to you without asking the supervisor. I assume that such a list ...
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Publishing master's thesis

I suggest you have that conversation but primarily to ask if they think the work is worth publishing. Also ask for possible venues. Don't propose he be a co-author but you could ask how much, if at ...
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My supervisor is suggesting I will fail my PhD, is this possible?

The reason it is rare to fail a Ph.D. defense is that supervisors make sure nobody defends until they are ready. Don't push to be the exception.
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Is it Okay to add another person (except the supervisor, advisor, and the student) to the paper extracted from master's thesis?

Why would you not? Authorship guidelines (see e.g. here, here or here) commonly state three criteria: Everyone listed as an author has made a substantial intellectual contribution to the paper. The ...
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Is describing a different method in the same format as a published paper considered plagiarism?

Certain aspects of publishing are formalistic. For an experiment for example, one needs to give a description that is sufficient to repeat the experiment. The question of what is necessary and what is ...
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Is it cheating if I get paid to write simulation code for a grad student's thesis?

The thesis should clearly state that you wrote this software. So when the thesis is judged, your software will contribute zero to the grade. As long as the grad student does this properly, they are ...
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How much implementation detail to include in PhD thesis

As the comment says, best talk to your adviser but some things to consider when writing about the implementation: Is there anything novel in the implementation? Do you want to provide information ...
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My supervisor is suggesting I will fail my PhD, is this possible?

Good answers already, but I think this might also be relevant. Have you found your institution's academic regulations relating to research degrees? If not, you should. They might be a boring read but ...
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Thesis: How to mark variables from software in text?

Commonly this is done by using a monospaced font - often the same font as used in your code blocks. Example: The greenhouseData needs to.... See also here: What are the conventions for indicating ...
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My supervisor is suggesting I will fail my PhD, is this possible?

From reading your other question, your supervisor isn't really saying that they think it's likely that you fail. I need to submit one paper to a journal and write one conference paper, then I am ...
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Can I use abbreviations for some chapters while using the full word for others in a thesis?

First, remember that at the heart of good writing is an understanding, and respect for, the capabilities of the reader. The value of rules about writing is that they can help to guide you in the right ...
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Is it normal for a PhD thesis' methods chapter to show a high similarity index on iThenticate?

In some fields, methodology is pretty standardized. Gather some data, do some statistical analysis, report the results. The creativity and innovation isn't in the methodology, per se, but in the ...
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What is the fastest way of completing my post viva thesis correction edits?

From the remarks in your question, my guess is that you have not been asked to make significant structural changes to your thesis that would involve cross-chapter links between changes. Instead, it ...
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Is describing a different method in the same format as a published paper considered plagiarism?

Don't expect much originality in a Materials and Methods section! [1] The main goal of this section is to describe what you did, so that readers can understand how it might affect your results and the ...
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How much implementation detail to include in PhD thesis

If at all possible, avoid hiding hard work under a bushel! It's common in pursing a PhD to have to do many things that appear only tangentially related to the "real" topic. However, ...
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Master thesis biochemistry

One part of most theses is a literature review. This should probably be begun before you settle completely on a topic to avoid repeating work already in the literature. There will be a period of ...
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Refencing own previous experiment work in literature survey

As another answer indicated, with a master's thesis, you should go by whatever your advisor says. There are many correct solutions, but the most practically correct one for you is the one that your ...
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Refencing own previous experiment work in literature survey

Where you put them is less important than that you cite them properly. Putting them in the literature survey or a "Previous Work" section seems fine. If the work is published, then cite it ...
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