CS561 Paper Critiques


We will usually have two papers discussed per meeting. Each student need to read all assigned papers and write reports. However, if you are presenting in a given meeting, you need not write a report for any of the other papers.

Students should critique the papers to be discussed in class. Do not directly copy the abstract, introduction, conclusion or any other part of the paper - you must add value and insight beyond what is already in the paper. Unless specified otherwise, all paper critiques are due at 11 a.m. before the beginning of the respective class and should address the following questions:

1. What I liked

What is your analysis of the identified problem, idea and evaluation? Is this a good idea? What are the most interesting points made? What are the most controversial ideas or points made? For work that has practical implications, you also want to ask: Is this really going to work, who would want it, what it will take to give it to them, and when might it become a reality?

2. What I disliked

What flaws do you perceive in the work?

3. Future directions for this research

Not only what future directions do the authors identify, but what ideas did you come up with while reading the paper? Sometimes these may be identified as shortcomings or other critiques in the current work. Examples include, but are not limited to: Can the same problem have a different solution? Can the same solution be applied to a different problem? Would a bigger evaluation be appropriate?

4. Open questions

What questions are you left with? What questions would you like to raise in an open discussion of the work? What do you find confusing or difficult to understand? By taking the time to list several, you will be forced to think more deeply about the work.

5. Summary
What is your take-away message from this paper? Sum up the main implication of the paper from your perspective. This is useful for very quick review and refreshing your memory. It also forces you to try to identify the essence of the work.
Submission Procedure

Send your review by 11 a.m. on the day of the class and email both the presenter of the paper, as well as cc the TA (baileken@oregonstate.edu). Your email should be titled "CS561 Paper Month/Day/Year", so for example a paper that is due on 09/24 will have an email subject "CS561 Paper 09/24/2015"

Paper critique policies