Hints from Dr.Frost

  1. The survey should be a survey, not an introduction to the subject . You should not summarize descriptions of the topic from textbooks or simple overview overview papers.
    You can assume that the reader knows something about the topic.

  2. The survey should not include detailed examples unless they help put research results in perspective. It is a waste of your time, and the instructors, to have explanatory examples (you are writing a survey, not a textbook, or course notes).

  3. The survey needs to describe the results presented in 10 papers chosen from 20 or more papers collected and listed in the bibliography. The structure of the paper needs to be chosen to best present present these results and their relationship to each other. Do not structure your survey as it were a text book.

  4. References must be given at the end of statements, not at the end of sections or chapters. For example:

    "Memoization was first described by Michie(1968). Its use in functional programming was discussed by Hughes (1985) who introduced the concept of lazy memo functions, which are based on non-strict evaluation of lambda calculus. Threading of memo tables through functional programs has been described by Field and Harrison (1988) and investigated in detail by Khoshnevisan (1990). Frost and Szydlowski (1995) show how purely-functional backtracking language processors can be memoized, and proved that time complexity can be reduced from exponential to cubic."

    Note the close coupling of statements with relevant references.

    The majority of text in your survey should be like the above.

  5. All copied diagrams must have a complete reference with page numbers given under the diagram (with the caption - Fig. ...ref...page number)
    Failure to do so is an infringement of copyright law.

  6. You must not copy anything from any source without putting in quotes and giving a reference immediately next to the quoted paragraph.
    Failure to do so is plagiarism and can result in expulsion.

Note that the School has access to software that can detect copied material. If we use that software and it returns compelling information, then we will send the results to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Hints from Mohammad Aktaruzzaman and Badar Gillani(Students)**

  • Determine a possible topic of the survey.
  • Use google , Leddy Library's website , citeseer.com to search for publications.
  • Collect roughly 20 papers and save them in a folder.
  • Make the bibliography of 20 papers
  • Make the cross-referencing graph to identify milestones papers. You can also make it later.
  • Pick 10 papers among 20 papers list, which are mostly related to the topic. Print 10 papers.
  • Write down the annotations of 10 selected papers.
  • Think about a possible structure of the survey and talk to your supervisor and instructor of the course.
  • Start writing the body of the survey using the annotations.

** These are not professional opinions.



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