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How to Read, Write, Present Papers Nitin H. Vaidya University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign nhv@uiuc.edu © 2002 Nitin Vaidya
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Caveats o Statutory warning : Your advisor may not agree o Only my opinions. Random thoughts, often in no particular order o Use advise at your own risk o I do not necessarily follow the advise all the time
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Caveats o This presentation ignores some of its suggestions
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Omissions o References at the end of the talk provide many suggestions not included in this talk
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Summary o Use common sense o Learn from experience
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Reading a Paper
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Why read papers o So you know what’s happening o Avoid reinventing the wheel o does happen commonly, too many wheels already o Find interesting research topics
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Why not to read papers o Cannot read everything o Should not read everything o Can suppress innovation o once you see solutions using a particular theme, often hard to think differently
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Read or not to read, that is the question o Read, of course o Know what’s important o Know what can be ignored without significant loss of information
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What to read o Major conferences o Journals are a few years behind, but still can be useful o Tech reports from active research groups o need to know which groups to look up o Survey / overview papers o ACM Computing Surveys o CACM, IEEE Computer, Spectrum o more technical - IEEE Personal Communications, … o newsletters - ACM SIGCOMM, ACM SIGMOBILE, . ..
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What’s in a paper o Abstract o Introduction o Motivation o Problem description o Solution o ... o Performance Analysis o Conclusions o Future Work
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How to read a paper? Know why you want to read the paper o To know what’s going on (e.g., scanning proceedings) o title, authors, abstract o Papers in your broad research area o introduction, motivation, solution description, summary, conclusions o sometimes reading more details useful, but not always o Papers you may want to improve on o read entire paper carefully
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What to note o Authors and research group o Need to know where to look for a paper on particular topic o Theme of the solution o Should be able to go back to the paper if you need more info o Approach to performance evaluation o Note any shortcomings
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