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10 lessons I have learned throughout my PhD so far

In this article, I would like to share with you 10 lessons I have learned throughout the past 2 years while being a research student in a field related to data science. If you are planning to start an academic career or you have already started, I hope you find these 10 lessons useful. …


Poetry Prompt: Greeting Cards

Collage of handmade cards by the author

As I make greeting cards
For my love of cardmaking and creativity
I collect random leftover stuff

When I saw the notification on Medium that Rochelle Silva has tagged me in her poem Impossible to Throw Away, I felt so happy to be reminded of how I have been making greeting cards since I was a kid. I have been sending handmade Christmas cards (yes, handmade by me!) to all my teachers who have taught me from kindergarten to high school. I also send handmade birthday and Christmas cards to my family and friends.

I collect random stuff (it can…


A simple introduction to matching in bipartite graphs with Python code examples

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Before moving to the nitty-gritty details of graph matching, let’s see what are bipartite graphs.

Bipartite Graphs

According to Wikipedia,

A bipartite graph is a graph whose vertices can be divided into two disjoint and independent sets U and V such that every edge connects a vertex in U to one in V.

In a bipartite graph, we have…


What you must know about antibiotic resistance

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Antibiotics

Bacteria are single-cell organisms that can be found everywhere. Your body houses trillions…


5 things I learned while writing my first article for a top journal

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1. Select the Right Journal

Selecting the right journal is crucial to getting your work published. The scope of the journal should be relevant to your field. …


A sight from under the sea

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Blue as the sky
Filled with might
As waters sigh
In currents of fight

Bubbles and speckles
Splashing on waves
Nubbles and freckles
Crashing on caves

Home for the world
Of the aquatic living
All being whirled
In the wail of reliving

The beauty in blue
She covers the world
As they all drew
In a wonder-world

I found this poem as a draft in my thoughts blog Thoughts by Viji. This poem was inspired by the song Under the Sea from “The Little Mermaid” cartoon. …


Punctuation in music

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Similar to languages, music also has its own punctuation marks to help the listeners understand and enjoy what is played. If it weren’t for music’s punctuation marks, it would have been monotonous and boring to listen. Don’t worry, I won’t be going into technical details of music. This article is a short poem highlighting the different punctuation marks in music. Enjoy!

Music is a language
With its own punctuation
Everyone can enjoy
During all life moments

Slurs mark phrases of music as Commas and semi-colons do in a sentence Double bar lines mark the end of a piece as Full-stops…


What are marker genes, their usage and how to predict them?

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What are Marker Genes/Genetic Markers?

According to Wikipedia,

A genetic marker is a…


The art of writing responses to reviewers’ comments for journal articles

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