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CMPT 880/890 Writing labs. Outline. Intro to the writing part of 880 Communication in research Overview of topics Today: Grammar quiz Research writing as template The “problem / motivation / solution / evaluation” template The “claim / reason / evidence” template Identifying problems.

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outline
Outline
  • Intro to the writing part of 880
  • Communication in research
  • Overview of topics
  • Today:
    • Grammar quiz
    • Research writing as template
      • The “problem / motivation / solution / evaluation” template
      • The “claim / reason / evidence” template
    • Identifying problems
writing assignments in 880
Writing assignments in 880
  • Summaries of Wednesday readings
    • Writing practice
    • Summarization practice
    • Help you remember to do the readings!
  • Other small writing assignments
    • Writing for different audiences
    • Descriptive paragraphs
    • Recognizing problems and editing
    • Argumentation exercises
  • Two-page paper
communication in research
Communication in research
  • Critical to success in research
  • What is it that you’re trying to communicate?
    • That you have something of value to offer your research community
    • “What’s the contribution?”
  • Communication is more than just written English
    • Formal languages for argumentation (e.g., proofs)
    • Giving presentations, creating posters
    • Informal conversations (e.g., the ‘elevator pitch’)
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Communication in research
  • Good writing is (much) more than just grammar
  • The argument that you’re making is more important
    • Clarity (“What’s the contribution?”)
  • Visual elements can be vital
    • Charts, tables, animations, videos
overview of topics
Overview of topics
  • The process of writing and becoming a good writer
  • Grammar and the mechanics of writing
    • Sentence-level, paragraph-level, section-level
  • Argumentation and the structure of an argument
  • The parts and structure of papers and theses
    • What sections, why are they there, how do they work
  • Templates for research writing and arguments
  • How does a research paper happen?
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Overview of topics
  • Giving presentations
  • Editing, revision cycles, and peer editing
  • Presenting information visually
  • Writing for different audiences
  • The review process
    • what happens to your paper after you submit it
  • Good writing habits
  • Writing and communication resources
templates for research writing
Templates for research writing
  • Many kinds of research papers and theses have very similar structures and stories
  • Templates: a fill-in-the-blanks approach
  • A good way to get started with technical writing
    • But also useful throughout your career!
  • Two templates:
    • “problem / motivation / solution / evaluation”
    • “claim / reason / evidence”
problem motivation solution evaluation
Problem/Motivation/Solution/Evaluation
  • “What’s the contribution”?
  • The Problem:
  • In many areas of computer science, our research is about solving problems
    • Problems of the real world
      • E.g., “it is too time to learn a foreign language”
    • Problems defined by the research community
      • E.g., “there is no known constant-time algorithm for XYZ”
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Problem/Motivation/Solution/Evaluation
  • The Motivation:
  • Why is the problem worth solving?
  • Who cares, and why?
  • Can you relate the problem to:
    • Money
    • Health and safety
    • Happiness
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Problem/Motivation/Solution/Evaluation
  • The Solution:
  • What did you do about the problem?
    • E.g., what did you do to make it easier to learn a foreign language
    • E.g., you found a constant-time algorithm for XYZ
  • (How did you go about solving the problem)
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Problem/Motivation/Solution/Evaluation
  • The Evaluation:
  • How do we know that your solution is a good solution to the original problem?
  • Start to think in terms of problems, motivations, solutions, and evaluations!
argument template
Argument template
  • Claim
  • Reason
  • Evidence
  • Part III of The Craft of Research
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