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Guidelines for Reports. Problem Solving with Constraints CSCE496/896, Fall 2011 www.cse.unl.edu/~ choueiry/F11-496-896 Berthe Y. Choueiry (Shu-we-ri) Avery Hall, 360 cse496cp@cse.unl.edu Tel: +1(402)472-5444. Outline. Writing a critical summary Committing to a project

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Guidelines for Reports

Problem Solving with Constraints

CSCE496/896, Fall 2011

www.cse.unl.edu/~choueiry/F11-496-896

Berthe Y. Choueiry (Shu-we-ri)

Avery Hall, 360

cse496cp@cse.unl.edu

Tel: +1(402)472-5444

Guidelines for reports

outline
Outline
  • Writing a critical summary
  • Committing to a project
  • Writing a progress report
  • About your final report

Guidelines for reports

writing a critical summary
Writing a Critical Summary

This generic template is provided as an aid but is not mandatory

  • PART I: your understanding of the paper
  • PART II: your opinion of the paper

Guidelines for reports

part i the paper
PART I: The paper
  • What: Context of the paper
    • problem the authors claim to address (i.e., motivation)
    • assumptions they make
    • solution they claim to provide
  • How: Short Description of proposed technique
    • basic algorithmic steps
    • optimizations, if any
    • evaluation: empirical/theoretical
  • Impact: Comparison to previous techniques
    • if provided, how?
    • can you identify/propose some other?
  • What next: Directions for future research

Guidelines for reports

part ii your opinion
PART II: Your opinion
  • Is the paper a ‘real’ advancement of the state of the art?
  • Is it useful for the theory? for practice?
  • Can you identify other uses of the proposed technique(s)?
  • What are the shortcomings?
  • Can you identify more? can you propose a fix?
  • Any issues swept-under-the-carpet?
  • Can you identify other directions for future research?

Guidelines for reports

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Outline
  • Writing a critical summary
  • Committing to a project
  • Writing a progress report
  • About your final report

Guidelines for reports

committing to a project
Committing to a Project
  • By Wednesday, March 9th, you must commit to a project
  • Submit to handin a short report (up to 1 page) stating:
    • Project title, your name
    • A short justification for your choice
    • A clear work-plan listing main tasks, approximate dates, and expected outcomes
    • A bibliography, if applicable
    • Clearly state whether you are collaborating with colleagues and/or with a research assistant
  • One proposal per team is sufficient. Teams are reminded that each member will have to provide a full evaluation of the performance of each other team member, listing both good and bad aspects. This is a requirement for collaboration.

Guidelines for reports

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Outline
  • Writing a critical summary
  • Committing to a project
  • Writing a progress report
  • About your final report

Guidelines for reports

progress report format
Progress report: format
  • In your report, you discuss your progress on the work-plan you had set to yourself in the proposal you submitted
  • Be as concise as possible but do not be bothered by a limitation on the number of pages. Thus, there is no requirement concerning the number of pages (could take from 1 page to whatever is needed), shorter reports are welcome 
  • If you have finished your project, this could be your draft for your final report

Guidelines for reports

progress report content
Progress report: content
  • Document what you did so far
  • Comment on what you accomplished with respect to what you promised you would
  • State whether you are early/late and why
  • Explain in case you have changed your plans and explain why
  • Report any difficulties, breakthroughs
  • Discuss anything else you feel is appropriate

Guidelines for reports

progress report intent
Progress Report: Intent
  • Imagine you are a professional hired to carry out some investigations for a client. The client is paying you for the number of hours and for the quality of service/result you are providing.
  • It is time to re-evaluate the contract. You need to update your client on your progress.
  • How would rate your performance? how much would you charge? are able to finish the task?
    • if so how and when?
    • if not, will you keep the contract? drop it (a penalty is involved)?

Guidelines for reports

outline3
Outline
  • Writing a critical summary
  • Committing to a project
  • Writing a progress report
  • About your final report

Guidelines for reports

your final report 1 content
Your Final Report (1): Content
  • Given the variety of the projects, it is difficult to give general guidelines on the content of the report
  • Please discuss them with me on an individual basis
  • Include
    • What you accomplished
    • The problems you encountered
    • Your findings

Guidelines for reports

final report 2 typical structure
Final Report (2): Typical Structure
  • Title, Course Number, Your Name , Date
  • Abstract
  • Table of Contents. In LaTeX: \tableofcontents
  • Introduction, motivation, roadmap (Section 2, Section 3, etc.)
  • Contributions
  • Experiments
    • Experiments set-up, data sets
    • Results
    • Discussions
  • Conclusions & future work
  • Bibliography

Guidelines for reports

final report 3 advice
Final Report (3): Advice
  • Format: Use a one column format (not two columns)
  • Have as many figures as possible (including all those you are going to use in your slides): a picture is worth a million word..
  • Include all your pseudo code (if any)
  • In your figures/plots, do not rely on color but use different line styles
  • Also, you may want to check my Golden Check to avoid annoying common mistakeshttp://csce.unl.edu/~choueiry/Advising/BeforeYouSubmitaReport.txt
  • The length of the report is not an issue. The shorter the better, but you should use any number of pages as you need.

Guidelines for reports