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MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu 6.047 / 6.878 Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution Fall 2008 For information about citing these materials or our Terms of Use, visit: http://ocw.mit.edu/terms .
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Guidelines for the final project report and presentations. Due: See below for details W i t h just a few days left before the final project deadline, some of you have been asking about how long and how detailed the project reports should be, whether extensions are possible, and finally a bout presentations. This document provides some simple guidelines answering these questions. Final project report Style: Your final project report should essentially read like a research paper. I t should be clear and concise, and describe your contributions in the context of the broader literature. Length: W e expect most reports t o be between 8 and 12 pages. W e do impose a hard limit of 15 pages (single spaced, 10pt font, 1-inch margins all around), but you should try t o keep your report within the 8-12 range. As with most conferences and journals, you have t o make important decisions as t o what t o include, and that's part of the skillset needed for writing a solid paper. I f you absolutely need t o include additional graphs that are supporting your results, you can do so in an optional appendix. Contents: You should structure your report around your key contributions, obviously, but make sure you include the following information: Abstract: A 300-500 word summary of the problem statement and its challenge, the state of the art in the field, your approach, your results (this is the most important part, o f course), and the broader impact of your contributions. Background: A brief summary (1000 words max) of the problem, the current state o f the field and existing literature, situating your work in the context of the more general area of research, and clearly stating how it differs from previous approaches, or from your previous work and other undertakings. Results and discussion (the bulk of your report): While some conferences/journals ask you t o separate your results and their discussion, we prefer a single section describing for each aspect of your project, a summary of the challenge undertaken, a detailed description of the method used, and a clear description of the results obtained. W i t h these descriptions, you can intersperse discussion on the rationale of the methods used, and also comment on the interpretation o f the results you found. Be precise about your methods, and describe clearly any existing tools you
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