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Writing for Computer Science students

Writing for Computer Science students

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Scientific Writing for ComputerScience Students
Wilhelmiina H¨am¨al¨ainenCourse material September 20, 2006Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Joensuu
 
Preface
This material is originally prepared for IMPIT-students in the Departmentof Computer Science, University of Joensuu, to help them when they writetheir master’s thesis in English. Since all students are foreigners, quite muchemphasis is put into English grammar, but all examples are taken from thecomputer science context. Another emphasis is the use of L
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TEX, whichsuits especially well for writing computer science texts containing severalequations, algorithms, tables, and figures. In addition, the literature sourcesand references can be easily managed with bibtex.The style advice are based on existing literature on scientific writing (e.g.[1, 2, 4, 3]), but once again the instructions have been applied to the currentcustoms in the computer science filed.I wish that the result is useful for the reader!In Joensuu, 6th Sep 2006,Wilhelmiina H¨am¨al¨ainen
 
Contents
1 Introduction 1
1.1 Goal 1: How to write scientific text is cs? . . . . . . . . . . . .11.1.1 Problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21.1.2 Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21.1.3 Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21.1.4 Writing tree
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31.1.5 Properties of a good tree
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31.2 Goal 2: How to write English? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41.3 Goal 3: How to write a master’s thesis? . . . . . . . . . . . . .51.4 Scientic writing style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61.4.1 Exact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61.4.2 Clear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71.4.3 Compact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71.4.4 Smooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81.4.5 Objective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
2 Searching, reading, and referring literature 11
2.1 Need for references . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112.2 Source types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112.3 Collecting literature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122.4 Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132.5 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142.5.1 Referring in the text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142.5.2 Reference notations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152.5.3 Reference list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162.5.4 References in latex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202.6 Citations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202.7 Your own opinions? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .213

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