The homeworks should be done individually. You
should solve and write the problems up yourself. Discussing basic
techniques with classmates is OK, but
its best to never make
written notes while discussing individual homeworks.
Taking Part in Class Discussion of Papers
Everyone should be reading the papers assigned for that day in
advance. You are not expected to understand the details of the papers,
but are expected to try to get a good overall sense of each paper.
While you are reading each paper, you should develop at least one
question or point relevant for discussion of the paper.
Writing Weekly Reviews of Papers
Each week, you will write a short review about one aspect of one paper
assigned that week. You needn't write a review the week you present
your paper. You should pick a topic that intrigued you or made you
think, and that can be discussed in class when we discuss the
paper. It should be at most 1 page in length. Possible topics are as
follows, but feel free to choose others.
- Was the paper, in your estimation, successful in what it attempted?
Why or Why not?
- What did you learn from the paper?
- Is there interesting future work, or are there new ideas suggested by the paper for solving this problem, or others?
Final Project Papers
Here are some guidelines for your final project paper.
- For a survey paper, you should aim for a comparative analysis of the techniques in the papers, rather than a summary of each one (a mini research-review, for those familiar with that departmental exam.) If possible, you should have a table that lists the techniques, and compares them with respect to characteristics or factors.
- If you include figures from another source, such as a paper, you should always credit the source (e.g., "Figure 2, taken from ,...")
Likewise, if you copy words from a source, you should put them in quotes and put in a citation.
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