Eriks Klotins
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Should I complain to higher authorities about the incompetence of this teacher?
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As a freshman, what authority do you have to judge your teacher incompetent? University classes are different from HS in terms of what pedagogical methods are applied. It is absolutely within reason ...

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What's better: paper rejected from a strong conference or a paper accepted into a weak conference?
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Any accepted publication is better than no publication. However, strong conferences usually have good reviewers providing useful feedback that will help you to get the paper in shape for another ...

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Is certified translation of diploma an absolute necessary?
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You are entitled to receive your degree certificate in English directly from your university. Graduates in all countries taking part in the Bologna Process have the right to receive the Diploma ...

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How can I motivate the teaching assistants to grade more strictly?
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For programming assignments, there is nothing better than a suite of automated tests that look at accuracy, performance, and code smells. You can have tiers of tests: Tier I - basic tests Tier II - ...

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How should someone choose a PhD topic so that she doesn't fail?
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When one fails or is about to fail a Ph.D., it is worth understanding what requirements are not fulfilled. This may vary from a field to field but generally, there are four sets of requirements: ...

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What should I do the day before submitting my PhD thesis?
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Embrace the work you have done and pour yourself a drink. The work is already done. There is nothing you could do at this point to substantially improve anything. Funny story: a colleague of mine ...

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What are appropriate questions for a closed-door (non-public) part of a PhD (or master's) defense?
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One of the best pieces of advice I have received is to defend only what you have done. That means that you have to be an expert in your thesis and to a reasonable level in the field as a whole. This ...

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My advisor has literally no idea what my research is about and I am freaking out (phd student)
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Because your own advisor admitted that he is not informed about your topic proposal. I suggest starting there. Sit down with your advisor and discuss the situation. At the very least, the advisor ...

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Are results that are derived simply by using more computational power publishable?
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I think the answer is determined by WHY such a study with N > 10 is conducted. E.g. Show off of computational power, for example, by calculating more decimals for Pi, beyond what is practically ...

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Was my student being disrespectful by using shouting language in her email to me?
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To add to what everyone said, be aware that such students could be troublemakers in a wider sense. Such as rallying other students to disrespect you/expect immediate responses/etc, and reflect badly ...

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Is it OK to have a PhD thesis with shortcomings and inaccuracies?
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In addition to @Titus and @Buffy answers, consider describing the known shortcoming(s) in Threats to the validity section of your thesis. There is nothing wrong to have shortcomings or limitations. ...

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My PhD defense is next week and I am having negative thoughts about my work and knowledge. Any advice on how to tackle this?
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To complement what @Ethan wrote, trust the process. No (good) supervisor will let you do irrelevant work and defend insufficient results. If you have good supervision, trust your supervisor. By the ...

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How likely is it that an PhD examiner will find something I've missed? And if they do, how much of a problem is it?
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The point of a Ph.D. defense is to show that you know a specific topic to an expert level and can contribute to creating new knowledge in the area. There is no expectation that your work is flawless ...

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Is it ethical to reach out to other postdocs about the research project before the postdoc interview?
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Note that many universities follow strict procedures for selecting candidates. Especially, if they are state-funded, they have to adhere to objective and transparent procedures. Contacting your ...

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What would be a fair and deterring disciplinary sanction for a student who committed plagiarism?
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In addition to what others have described, it is worth analyzing the cause of plagiarism. Some examples. Plagiarism as a mistake, e.g. missing reference Inadvertent plagiarism due to different ...

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What is an "un-reproducible result"?
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To add what others have already written, reproducibility in academic publishing mainly deals with the extent of how you have described your research methodology. UPDATE: Un-reproducible results are ...

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Failing PhD, how to go forward?
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I think part of Ph.D. education is to become independent from your supervisor. Truth is, the moment you can convince your supervisor that you are right and he is not, you are ready to defend. The ...

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Is there such a thing in the academic world as "common knowledge"?
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I would also consider how much a particular statement is crucial to building your argument. Research papers build upon prior knowledge. For new results to hold, prior knowledge needs to be trustworthy....

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What channels do people use to challenge or provide criticism for newly developed theories?
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Intro One way to look at a theory is to treat it like a model. Models are simplified versions of reality allowing analysis and making predictions about reality. However, no model or theory is perfect, ...

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What are the pros and cons of publishing a new unpublished idea in a poster session in a leading conference?
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There are no real downsides. Posters are an excellent way of getting feedback on fresh ideas without the effort of writing a full paper. Use the feedback to write a proper paper afterward if you like. ...

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