Lists, Damned Lists, and How to Punctuate Them

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." – Mark Twain (among others) Lists, especially enumerated lists, are a great way to ensure your ideas are properly emphasized. However, it can be hard to remember how to format these lists correctly. A part of the problem is that there are many forms… Continue reading Lists, Damned Lists, and How to Punctuate Them

Concise Wording in Computer Science Research III

Concise language in computer science is a Good Thing. (See my earlier posts here and here for reasons why.) There are many ways to achieve this. One way is to avoid referring to things that you note that you have "mentioned." It is better just to refer to the things themselves. For instance: "We use a… Continue reading Concise Wording in Computer Science Research III

Concise Wording in Computer Science Research II

Even if you are an experienced writer, writing an academic paper has unique challenges. The ideas are often complex and highly abstract. In addition, competition for spaces in the top venues is tough, and peer reviewers are distracted and pressed for time. It is not enough to have completed a significant study; if the paper… Continue reading Concise Wording in Computer Science Research II