CS 7976: Assignment 1: Critiquing a Published Paper

Out: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Due: Monday, October 1, 2018

In my welcome email, I had said: In preparation for our initial meeting, I would like you to choose a paper in your field that you found particularly confusing or poorly-written, and bring two copies with you to class on September 5.

In-Class Preparation

Take that paper, and mark one passage (preferably a paragraph or a few paragraphs) that you found especially confusing, distracting, or otherwise annoying.

When you are done, mark that passage in both copies of the paper, and hand the second copy to the person on your left.


For our next class, I want you to critique both papers. For each paper:

  1. Start with the passage that's marked. Identify places where the passage violates Ramsey's editing principles, Peyton-Jones's advice, or the things we discussed in class?
  2. Then zoom out to the paper as a whole. You may not be familiar enough with the topic to understand it in detail, but that's OK. Pretend you've wandered into the wrong conference session :). To what extent does the paper violate Peyton-Jones's advice, or any of the other recommendations we've made?

This assignment is due on MONDAY, October 1. Please send me both papers as pdfs and your critique, as a text file.

On Wednesday, October 3, I plan to show some of the passages you highlighted, and let the rest of the class critique them.

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