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(1) To what extent should I describe this implementation also in the thesis? For example: Should I mention what programming language I used? Should I have any actual code in there? Your thesis should demonstrate that you have satisfied the (marking) criteria. I'll elaborate if you provide that criteria. (2) Should I describe analytic geometry, i.e. well-...


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I think the most important thing is that you do well by the standards of your own institution and that you get good letters of recommendation from professors there. Note that standards for a masters degree vary around the world. In some places very little research is required and the degree is based mostly on coursework. The "thesis" might be little more ...


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what is exactly expected in a masters dissertation by European Universities in pure mathematics? The answer will vary university to university. I suggest you short-list some candidate universities that might accept you and look at their dissertation requirements. Am I expected to prove new results? That's a possibility, but not mandatory. If I am ...


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As far as I know, there is no particular etiquette or customs regarding this choice of words in thesis acknowledgments. So the answer to this question does not depend on any peculiarity of academia. In view of this, I suggest you to ask your question on [interpersonal.se]; they may have more relevant advice.


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Yes, it seems in your case simulation is necessary. In many cases, not probably for the situation involving machine learning, simulation results must be backed by mathematical analysis and proofs. If you have proposed a framework or an idea, how would anyone know if it is workable? Science requires hard proofs backed by experiments. So, Yes it is necessary ...


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I'm going to take a slightly different approach, but bear in mind that the other answers are very right. A PHD program is challenging, and as with anything else in life taking care of your health (and mental health) should be a top priority. That being said, my answer assumes you have evaluated that and are still intent on continuing. The challenge of a ...


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My preference, as a reviewer, has been to print a hard copy from the pdf file and then attack it with a red pen. As my handwriting becomes less legible ("benign essential tremor"), I'll switch to the second-simplest system: Ask the student to send me the TeX file and insert my remarks into it. (I have some simple macros defining an environment for my remarks,...


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I am not a psychologist, and even if I was I woudn't try to diagnose over the internet, but this: Now I am depressed, lost, and hardly do anything. I wake up go to the lab and pass time. I absolutely hate my “thesis” Sounds like you should seek professional help from a counselor. Even if you are not clinically depressed, a good counselor and help you ...


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Now I am depressed, lost, and hardly do anything. I wake up go to the lab and pass time. I absolutely hate my “thesis” This is the problem; you are stuck in a vicious cycle. You need to meet with your advisor and come up with a solid plan - including a timeline - for what will happen in the next year or two. Given that it has already been 5 years, I ...


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I would show it to him along with your caveats. Ask for help from him but also offer your own suggestions about what might be "extracted" from the statement. Once you have some local agreement, send it back to the "foreign" prof as a suggestion. Make it a negotiation, but first get some help and buy in from the prof you know best. Don't treat it as a "done ...


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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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I agree with MPIchael but want to present it from a somewhat different angle. You're feeling embarrassed that you don't know how to do something, that your supervisor previously taught you. This isn't needed. Science isn't easy. If it was, anyone could do it and we wouldn't need to go to university to learn. Consider it a matter of professionalism. ...


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Your supervisor is there to guide and mentor you during this process. As long as you have done your due diligence and can show the avenues you have tried and why those avenues didn't work, your supervisor will most likely be perfectly happy to help you with what your next step might be to solve the problem. I work in a research environment, have supervised ...


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I have been working for 3 days...but I am not even close Research takes time, three days isn't very long. (Albeit, I'm unfamiliar with the specifics.) I am trying to use the same code as we did in class, but my model is quite a bit different than the class examples so I can't figure it out. Ask your peers, a teaching assistant, whoever taught the class,...


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The way to frame your question can have a huge impact. If you did your due diligence and researched some material on this (books, lectures, papers, StackExchange!), and are still stuck, then there is a chance that your questions are more than valid. If you start your email or personal question by: "I have tried three ways to do this.." and then show/tell ...


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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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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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Firstly, talk with your supervisor/professor. Likely it need not be included since you mention it won't add any value to the reader, and this is an important argument. Remember that a thesis needs to read as one piece (not as a concatenation of papers). If it is already sufficiently complete, it does not need to be included. Only if it builds on your thesis'...


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My advisor always said, "The best thesis is the one on the shelf." To expand on @SolarMike's answer: "Future Work" may be a good spot for it, but also, be careful. If the core of your thesis is solid (and done!) then focus on refining and finishing that. It's better for your thesis to be a bit shorter but pack a punch, than to have a longer one where you ...


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Including incomplete work is risky: An examiner may find fault with negative consequences, omit your unfinished results. I deliberately kept some very recent work out of it because I thought it won't add any value to the reader...Now I am tempted to include this exploratory work...since I've put quite a lot of time on it. You don't believe your recent ...


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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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That may be something to add in a "further work" section as part of the conclusion.


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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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What is an ISBN? It's not for books, it's for published, commercial books. So this question is effectively "are PhD dissertations usually published commercially?" The answer to that is, of course, no. That's not to say that there are no PhD dissertations with ISBNs, but they would be in the minority.


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I suspect it largely depends on whether the PhD is expected to be printed as a book. In some countries (like the Netherlands) it is. Many printing services offer ISBN registration as a freebee. This is likely how most dissertations end up with an ISBN (I know mine has one because of this). Other than this, I doubt many graduates go through the trouble of ...


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Some institutions publish each PHD thesis as a book, and then they assign ISBN to each. E.g., theses done at CWI, Amsterdam. To my knowledge, this is quite uncommon throughout the world, but does exist in certain places.


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No, it would be unusual for a thesis to have an ISBN. It would be an unnecessary expense. Edit: The Astrophysics Data System says my dissertation has an ISBN. However, the ISBN provided cannot be used to find my dissertation.


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Yes. A PhD thesis that introduces new methods to old problems can be an excellent thesis if: The new methods are in some way better than old methods. The new methods are widely adopted. Some of the most successful physicists work in this way.


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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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I assume that you have a Master's degree but not a Master's Thesis. The answer to your question depends on the location. In the UK and the US, a Master's degree is not a requirement to start PhD studies, and therefore a Master's Thesis is also not a requirement. The admissions committee will compare your achievements with those of other students who only ...


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For a doctoral thesis this would be bad, but not so much for a bachelor's thesis. Assuming that you worked independently of the other work (i.e. no plagiarism) then your work has value to you for personal development. You don't have anything publishable, of course, but you did learn something about research process. But, for later work, you will be ...


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