Writing for Computer Science

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Springer, Feb 9, 2015 - Computers - 284 pages

All researchers need to write or speak about their work, and to have research that is worth presenting. Based on the author's decades of experience as a researcher and advisor, this third edition provides detailed guidance on writing and presentations and a comprehensive introduction to research methods, the how-to of being a successful scientist.

Topics include:

Development of ideas into research questions;

How to find, read, evaluate and referee other research;

Design and evaluation of experiments and appropriate use of statistics;

Ethics, the principles of science and examples of science gone wrong.

Much of the book is a step-by-step guide to effective communication, with advice on:

Writing style and editing;

Figures, graphs and tables;

Mathematics and algorithms;

Literature reviews and referees’ reports;

Structuring of arguments and results into papers and theses;

Writing of other professional documents;

Presentation of talks and posters.

Written in an accessible style and including handy checklists and exercises, Writing for Computer Science is not only an introduction to the doing and describing of research, but is a valuable reference for working scientists in the computing and mathematical sciences.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Getting Started
9
3 Reading and Reviewing
19
4 Hypotheses Questions and Evidence
35
5 Writing a Paper
51
6 Good Style
75
7 Style Specifics
94
8 Punctuation
123
12 Other Professional Writing
179
13 Editing
191
14 Experimentation
197
15 Statistical Principles
217
16 Presentations
237
17 Ethics
255
Afterword
265
Exercises
267

9 Mathematics
131
10 Algorithms
145
11 Graphs Figures and Tables
157

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About the author (2015)

Justin Zobel is Head of the University of Melbourne's Department of Computing & Information Systems. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and for many years was based at RMIT University, where he led the Search Engine group. As a researcher, Professor Zobel is best known for his role in the development of algorithms for efficient web search. His current research areas include search, measurement and evaluation, bioinformatics, fundamental algorithms and data structures and compression. He is an author of around 200 papers, has written three texts on postgraduate study and research methods and is an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Information Systems, Information Processing & Management, and Information Retrieval.

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