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IRR 6 (12/11/14)

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Sixth IRR meeting (12/11/14)

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IRR 6 (12/11/14)

  1. 1. IRR Sixth meeting Wednesday the 12th of November 2014 Tutor: Paolo Pareti * Available from: http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/s1054760/tutorials/irr/2014/index.htm * Some of the resources used were taken from the IRR wiki: https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/pages/viewpage.action?title=IRR+and+IRP+Wiki&spaceKey=irrirpwiki
  2. 2. 1. (8/10) Introduction: ○ Todo: look for a topic Schedule 2. (15/10) Finding and reading papers ○ Todo: confirm topic, read at least 5 papers and prepare abstract 3. (22/10) Scientific style ○ Todo: create first bullet point draft 4. (29/10) Scientific writing ○ Todo: expand the draft, plus first peer review 5. (5/11) Discuss issues + LaTex Tutorial ○ Todo: finish draft 6. (12/11) Technical details for the submission and peer review ○ Todo: peer review drafts 7. (19/11) Feedback on the review. ○ Todo: finish and submit FINAL DEADLINE 4pm, 15th January 2015, no extensions
  3. 3. Homework for next week This is the last homework… try your best!
  4. 4. Homework for next week Three things to do: 1. Register on Turnitin 2. Cast your preference on the Doodle poll (if you haven’t done so) 3. Do the last round of peer review
  5. 5. Homework 1/3 Registering with Turnitin Register with Turnitin: ● register before next Tutorial, so if there are any problems we can sort them out ● to submit the final draft in December to me, if you want to get feedback ● to submit the final version in January How to register: 1. Visit: submit.ac.uk (http://submit.ac.uk/en_gb/home) 2. Register with your student email sXXXXXX@sms.ed.ac.uk 3. Enter class ID and password (which I will email to you)
  6. 6. Homework 2/3 When do you want to submit your draft to me? ● http://doodle.com/5hre5c9mf4rsyuew#table
  7. 7. Homework 3/3 Last Peer Review Details: By Sunday the 23rd of November at 23:59 ● Submit to another student your review. ○ Don’t worry about the Conclusion section, but try to have as much content as possible in the other sections By Tuesday the 25th of November at 23:59 ● Submit your comments to the student that sent you the review Notes: ● Submit the review as a PDF document, and the comments as plain text in the email ● Add me in cc in both emails ● I will send you the details of the student pairs in an email this afternoon
  8. 8. Minor remark The abstract and the paper should be considered as two separate pieces of text. The abstract should be self-contained therefore you cannot refer to your bibliography for citations therefore if you need to cite something, you have to provide the whole expanded citation within the text of the abstract therefore considering that an expanded citation would take up a lot of the precious space of the abstract, avoid making citations in the abstract
  9. 9. How to evaluate a research review? ● Luckily you don’t have to guess ● The criteria that will be used to judge your review is standard for all the groups, and it is available from this page: https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/irrirpwiki/Meeting+6 Consider those criteria carefully, ● to improve your own review ● to give better comments to other student’s reviews ● as additional criteria to critically evaluate the papers you are reading
  10. 10. Basic criteria 1/7 Clearly identifies the topic you have chosen including any hypotheses that you intend to assess in the review.
  11. 11. Basic criteria 1/7 Clearly identifies the topic you have chosen including any hypotheses that you intend to assess in the review. … what is it about?
  12. 12. Basic criteria 2/7 Includes comprehensible and accurate summaries of the key papers for the IRR
  13. 13. Basic criteria 2/7 Includes comprehensible and accurate summaries of the key papers for the IRR … are you making it up or is it real?
  14. 14. Basic criteria 3/7 Demonstrates a detailed understanding of a small number of papers.
  15. 15. Basic criteria 3/7 Demonstrates a detailed understanding of a small number of papers. … have you just read the abstracts? Or did you actually look at the details of the core papers?
  16. 16. Basic criteria 4/7 Uses understanding of the chosen papers effectively in the review and assessment of the chosen IRR topic.
  17. 17. Basic criteria 4/7 Uses understanding of the chosen papers effectively in the review and assessment of the chosen IRR topic. … when you write about existing research: are you just trying to show that you read the papers? Or are you selectively explaining key information which is highly relevant to your overall argument?
  18. 18. Basic criteria 5/7 Draws coherent conclusions that are clearly justified by the evidence in the papers cited in the IRR
  19. 19. Basic criteria 5/7 Draws coherent conclusions that are clearly justified by the evidence in the papers cited in the IRR Ok, you have talked about a research topic … so what? what is the point (conclusion/hypothesis) you want to make? Why should I believe the your conclusions you draw? Are they justified by evidence (from existing papers) and by a solid argument (in your review)?
  20. 20. Basic criteria 6/7 Includes an accurate bibliography that should include any key papers in the chosen topic area.
  21. 21. Basic criteria 6/7 Includes an accurate bibliography that should include any key papers in the chosen topic area. … your conclusion might be wrong, if you didn’t consider all the evidence. Did you miss any highly relevant paper?
  22. 22. Basic criteria 7/7 Is well-structured both in layout and argument.
  23. 23. Basic criteria 7/7 Is well-structured both in layout and argument. … is it clear and understandable? Is it written in scientific style? … is it convincing? Or did you drew some hasty conclusions?
  24. 24. Additional criteria 1/4 Provides a soundly-based and detailed comparison of competing approaches
  25. 25. Additional criteria 1/4 Provides a soundly-based and detailed comparison of competing approaches … I need to solve that problem! Can I read your review to understand which approach is the most suitable to my requirements?
  26. 26. Additional criteria 2/4 Provides a deeper analysis of the chosen topic area identifying common themes and gaps or issues in the literature
  27. 27. Additional criteria 2/4 Provides a deeper analysis of the chosen topic area identifying common themes and gaps or issues in the literature What is the general trend? What are the things that most researchers in that field do in the same way? Can you identify some important aspect of the problem which nobody is researching? Why is that the case? Can you identify unsolved problems that are limiting the effectiveness of the existing research? E.g. bottlenecks, upper bounds, etc...
  28. 28. Additional criteria 3/4 Provides some concrete examples that help to illustrate comparisons, issues, gaps, etc.
  29. 29. Additional criteria 3/4 Provides some concrete examples that help to illustrate comparisons, issues, gaps, etc. Concrete examples are priceless! How would things actually look like when applied in practice? If you cannot come up with any good example, maybe your arguments are purely theoretical and don’t have any real implications. ...plus of course, examples make it easier for the reader to understand
  30. 30. Additional criteria 4/4 Suggests potentially fruitful approaches to future research in the topic area.
  31. 31. Additional criteria 4/4 Suggests potentially fruitful approaches to future research in the topic area. Congratulations! You just became an expert in a field… ...now what? What can be done next? Is there space for more research? How? Any ideas on how to improve the state of the art? Where? Any unexplored direction which looks promising? Why bothering? Is it still an interesting research field?
  32. 32. Notes about the criteria They will be evaluated on a scale from 0 to 5. * This is just to give you feedback. The final result will only be a pass or fail.
  33. 33. Notes about the criteria there is no perfect way to write a paper BUT there are many ways to make your paper better
  34. 34. Time for questions and individual feedback

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