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Are Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings Inferior to Journals?

The answer to the question posed by the title of this article is: It depends on the field and the specific conference and journals that we are referring to. In certain science fields, journals have more prestige than conferences. Articles published in conferences are typically not considered as "publications" when evaluating the annual performance of an academician. In computer science, it can be argued that an article published in a peer-reviewed premier conference proceedings has the same value as an article published in a prestigious journal. You can read Michael Ernst's (a Computer Science Professor at Washington University) opinion about this issue here (written in 2006) . In 2009, when Mosche Vardi (a Computer Science Professor at Rice University) was the Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the ACM, he  wrote a letter to open up discussions wether conferences are indeed superior in computer science . In January 2020, he wrote another article related to this i

Writing a Research/Project Proposal

This is my personal opinion on how to write certain sections of a project including research and final-year projects (FYP) proposal. The following are sections that are typically required in a project proposal. Note that not all proposals strictly follow the structure described in this article. In Malaysia, however, when writing proposals for a Master/PhD research work, a final-year project, a research grant, the proposal's structure is similar to the one described here. Abstract According to the Oxford Dictionary, an abstract is a " summary of the contents of a book, article or speech ". Therefore, an abstract should contain a summary of relevant sections in your project proposal. For a proposal, you may begin with a short introduction, then to the research problems, objectives (what you plan to solve) and methodology (how you plan to solve the problems). The final report or thesis should include a brief mention about what you have accomplished (e.g. the solutions/findin

Misconceptions About Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

There are a few misconceptions about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, which I have read and heard people talking. Some of them are listed here and I shall try my best to correct them. This list will be updated from time to time. Referring cryptocurrency to just "crypto" . Technically, it is incorrect to link "crypto" to mean cryptocurrency. This is akin to calling "digital currency" as just "digital". I have read statements like: "I have a lot of cryptos". However, you don't say "I have a lot of digitals". So, it is better to stick with the term "cryptocurrency" as opposed to just "crypto" when referring to the former. Crypto is normally associated with cryptography . Bitcoin uses a public key infrastructure (PKI) . A PKI requires the setting up of an infrastructure involving, among others, a Certificate Authority (which is a trusted third party) that is responsible to certify public keys. In Bitcoin, or