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You don't need to be worried at all: Pragmatically, if your advisor already read the thesis, gave his OK for submitting and did not even mention the issue, it's unlikely that he will change his mind. More fundamentally, science proceeds in small steps, and you made one by performing a simulation under clearly specified conditions that you adequately ...


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I think that using another PhD thesis as a reference is not a problem at all. I am certainly sure that using ONLY another PhD thesis as a reference is a big problem. I am not aware of the specific requirements for PhD theses in literature, in general, and your institution, in particular. However, I am quite certain that if a "main source" ...


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Ok good ideas. advisor/committee are present, and you get questions from them, you can answer them briefly if possible; but I would avoid spending a lot of time on their questions. For those folks, you can offer to talk to them further afterwards.


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Detailed enough that you could have followed it when you were a third year grad student.


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It should be stronger than the Italian geometers who made entire theories which were false.


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Saying it is "far more tolerable" does not mean it is desirable. Proofs should not be tedeously lengthy if they don't need to be. You supervisor is telling you that there is more tolerance in the assessment of a dissertation than in the assessment of a paper submission, which is true. This certainly doesn't invert the normal principles for ...


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Yes, there is the benefit that he will know you. If your work is of "marginally better than acceptable" quality, or your answer to his remarks are spot-on, he may consider you for a PostDoc position that he urgently needs to fill because he did not yet open up to the world (since he is the big name in the field, form the moment he opens a position ...


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There are three possible answers I can give you: a specific answer based on the information you have included at the bottom of your post, a bottom-up answer that hopefully makes sense to you at your current level of academic experience, and a top-down answer which makes sense to me as an (early career) academic but which might not make as much sense to you ...


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Assuming your professor has some expertise in both X and Y, there is one possibility: your professor may be trying to build some foundation to X from point of view of Y. Or, there may be some project which relates X and Y. 1 day is too early to protest that both of you have decided on one thing but now you are asked to do something else. Please wait for ...


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Traditionally, doing a PhD is detached from being enrolled as a student in Germany. More recently, it has become customary to be enrolled as a PhD student and/or be part of a graduate school for a certain minimal amount of time (e.g. 2 years). Nevertheless, it does not mean you cannot use results obtained outside that time for your PhD. So there shouldn't be ...


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Usually there is no issue with publishing material in a journal article if it has been already included in a PhD thesis since a thesis isn't usually considered a "prior publication" for these purposes (and most publishers realize there will be overlap between published articles and thesis). If you are still uncertain, then the best course of action ...


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As an example: Nature Communications has the following paragraph in their editorial policies on duplicate publication Nature Portfolio will consider submissions containing material that has previously formed part of a PhD or other academic thesis which has been published according to the requirements of the institution awarding the qualification. Edit: ...


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That seems to be the sort of thing that would go in a "future work" section. You have anecdotal evidence that might lead you to make an hypothesis that could be tested (in future). If you can replicate the results it is a bit stronger, but if the accuracy of your basic approach isn't sufficient, perhaps you aren't done yet. It may not be quite as ...


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It doesn't sound phony to thank him for support and for his help and encouragement. His help might have been technical, perhaps, or setting a direction, or even giving you a lot of latitude to work independently. Perhaps not all of those things, but likely some of them. Some supervisors lean over you constantly. That might have been worse. Don't overthink it....


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I assume with "semester break" you mean taking a Freisemester, although it is unclear to me what the point of that as a PhD student would be. The general idea of a Freisemester is that the student is busy with something other than their studies; and they'll usually not be able to progress via e.g. sitting exams. To figure out how your university ...


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I don't think that should be a worry, though I'm not from Germany. Doctoral students do a lot of productive things when they aren't "on the clock". And, how would they know, unless you make an issue of it? It is pretty likely that you worked on the paper during "official time" anyway. But you might also have a quiet word with your ...


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A commentator knows such a list as "List of Symbols", other names are "Mathematical notation", "Notational conventions", "Mathematical symbols", and permutations thereof. (Note that this is sometimes not a list but a text describing the notation.) I just checked a few textbooks and found placement right before and ...


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Based on my experience, you can generate a report with figures embedded for your dissertation using r Markdown and you could deposit your code and source files on GitHub. For a pub, you may want to add this info in a supplementary file. Definitely get approval from your PI before releasing info to the public on GitHub. :)


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What a journal will publish is up to them and they have their own rules about pre-prints. To a certain extent this varies by field. Math publishers, for example, are pretty tolerant of author loaded pre-prints to arXiv, but it is less common and accepted in other fields. So, if you have a paper at the "ready" stage, first look at the policies of ...


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