Writing for Computer Science

ISBN-10: 1852338024
ISBN-13: 9781852338022
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Justin Zobel
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 6/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The elements of good writing are an essential part of success in science. With comprehensive practical help for students and experienced researchers, Writing for Computer Science:nbsp;- Gives extensive guidance for writing style and editing;nbsp;- Presents sound practice for graphs, figures, and tables;nbsp;- Guides the presentation of mathematics, algorithms and experiments;nbsp;- Shows how to assemble research materials into a technical paper; - Offers guidelines and advice on spoken presentations. This second edition contains detailed new material on research methods, the how-to of being a scientist, including:nbsp;- Development of ideas into research programs; -Design and evaluation of experiments;nbsp;- How to search for, read, evaluate, and referee other research;nbsp;- Research ethics and the qualities that separate good and bad science. Writing for Computer Science is not only an introduction to the doing and describing of research, but is a handy reference for working scientists in computing and mathematical sciences.

Preface
Introduction Kinds of publication Writing, science, and skepticism Using this book Spelling and terminology
Good styleEconomy Tone Examples Motivation Balance Voice The upper hand Obfuscation Analogies Strawmen Reference and citation Quotation Acknowledgements Grammar Beauty
Style specificsTitles and headings
Theopening paragraphs Variation Paragraphing Ambiguity Sentence structure
Tense Repetition and parallelism Emphasis Definitions Choice of words
Qualifiers Misused words Spelling conventions Jargon Cliche and idiom Foreignwords
Overuse of words Padding Plurals Abbreviations Acronyms Sexism
Punctuation Fonts and formatting Stops Commas Colons and semicolons Apostrophes Exclamations Hyphenation Capitalization Quotations Parentheses Citations
Mathematics Clarity Theorems Readability Notation Ranges and sequences Alphabets Linebreaks Numbers Percentages Units of measurement
Graphs, figures, and tables Graphs Visualization of results Diagrams Tables Captions and labels Axes, labels, and headings
AlgorithmsPresentation of algorithms Formalisms Level of detail Figures Notation Environment of algorithms Performance of algorithms Asymptotic complexity
Editing Consistency Style Proofreading Choice of word-processor An editing checklist
Writing up The scope of apaper Telling a story Organization
The First draft Fromdraft to submission Prepublication
Theses A writing-up checklist Doing researchBeginnings Shaping a research project
Students and advisors Finding research literature Reading Research planning
Hypotheses Defending hypotheses Evidence Good and bad science Reflections on research A research checklist
ExperimentationDesigning experiments Measurements and coding Describing experiments Variables Statistics Intuition An experimentation checklist
Refereeing Responsibilities Contribution Evaluation of papers Referees' reports A refereeing checklist
EthicsPlagiarism Self-plagiarism Misrepresentation Authorship Confidentiality and conflict of interest Anethics checklist
Giving presentations Content Organization The introduction The conclusion Preparation Delivery Question time Slides Slide tools Text slides Figures A presentations checklist Examples of slides
Afterword
Bibliography Exercises
Index

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