Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science
Institute for Software Research, School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Survival Skills for Grad School - Navigating the Literature
Unlike other talks in SSSG, this will require some preparation from all participants to be effective. Please take some time before SSSG for the following homework:
When you read the Modular Structure paper answer the following questions:
Q1. What problem in the world motivates the research? (green)
Q2. What, specifically, is the new result in this paper? (orange)
Q3. What research method is used to get the result? (yellow)
Q4. What argument does the paper use to convince you the result is correct? (pink)
The Writing paper identifies categories of answers to these questions, so use it to guide your thinking. It is often very helpful to make a thumbnail copy of the paper and show how each section of text contributes to the scientific argument. For Monday, highlight the text in thumbnail copy of the paper that answers the questions above. Use the colors listed next to each question (i.e. green for Q1, orange for Q2, yellow for Q3, and pink for Q4).
At the end of the email, you will additionally find some hints that may help you in reading such empirical work. Does the paper meet all of the criteria listed under "Desiderata" below? Does it exhibit any of the anti-patterns?