Dima Pasechnik
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Clarifications on American graduate school for an European student
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In US programs I know about, e.g. UC Berkeley, there are preliminary exams (typically taken after the 1st year), on a broad range of topics, and qualifying exams, on the intended area of the PhD. ...

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Should I share my horrible software?
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Of course you should share the source code. Academically speaking, a software-based result using code that is not readily available is not very valuable, as how would other people be able to verify ...

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Is it ethical to use proprietary (closed-source) software for scientific computation?
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Decide for yourself: I can argue from my own experience that using closed-source software leads to shutting a considerable number of potential researchers out (or forcing them into getting illegal ...

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Working for one professor, want to write paper with another party
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You are a PhD student, and your main goals is to further your knowledge and advance science, in general. It's of secondary importance that the project you talk about is far from the topic of your PhD ...

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Is it ok to go on a swim with your colleagues while on a conference?
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While doing my PhD in Australia, more than once went for a group (mostly) naked swim with a group of colleagues, some postdocs, sysadmins, some PhD students, some local, some visiting, female, male. ...

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Popular software used in research is incorrectly reporting solution is optimal: what to do?
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I have seen well-known commercial optimisation packages such as CPLEX producing wrong result under a stress, so to speak---solving problems which are on paper solvable with the said software, but in ...

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For STEM fields, is there self-segregation in United States academia?
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Even in mathematics, it greatly varies from area to area etc. E.g. I co-authored papers with (in no particular order, mentioned by the country of origin rather than residence/citizenship) Australian, ...

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Does using GPL material in a paper make it impossible to transfer copyright to the publisher?
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This would be a problem if you used GPL-licensed piece of software and decided to release your derived program in a GPL-incompatible way. Other than this, you should be fine. The point of GPL is that ...

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