How to Write a Visualization Research Paper-The Art and Mechanics...

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How to Write a Visualization Research Paper-The Art and Mechanics...



     How to Write a Visualization Research Paper: The Art and Mechanics

     Robert S. Laramee

     The Visual and Interactive Computing Group Computer Science Dept. Swansea University Swansea, Wales, UK r.s.laramee ??at?? swansea.ac.uk

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     Introduction (Motivation)

     ??Give a man a ?sh. You have fed him for today. Teach a man to ?sh, and you have fed him for a lifetime.???CLao Tzu (Chinese proverb).

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     Meant to serve as a starting point for those new to writing research papers Writing papers is a difficult task, but we still demand it. Guidelines and instructions are generally absent (for visualization) No substitute for experience or an advisor

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     Abstract Introduction ? Paper titles, ? Temporal planning ? LaTeX Related Work ? Literature searching ? Collaborations Method ? Method Overview ? Stage N ? Parameters ? Figures and images Enhancements

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     Overview (Continued)


     Implementation Results and Performance ? Results ? Performance Analysis Application Papers Conclusions and Future Work


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     On Proof Reading References Citations to examples are provided throughout

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     Writing starts with Abstract ? 6-12 sentences (recall: rough guideline) ? Identify research topic ? Describe novelty of work ? Identify benefits and advantages ? Sample Abstract given

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     Introduction (Motivation)

     Introduction Section should really be called ??Motivation?? ? ??What is this research topic good for??? ? Novelty, benefits, and advantages of research is described. ? A bulleted list of contributions is given including words like, ??novelty??, ??contribute??, and ??advantageous?? ? Mention challenges ? Wrap up with paper summary ? Example Introduction given

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     On Paper Titles, Temporal Planning, and LaTeX

     Paper titles need to be both descriptive and concise (three words theory) ? Can be resolved using the title:subtitle combination ? Two months (minimum) are needed to write high quality transcript (recall: for beginners) ? LaTeX produces high quality, publishable output

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     Related Work


     defining characteristic of a research paper ? Choosing scope can be difficult ? Each paper described ~2-3 sentences ? Differences with current work need to be clear ? Subjectivity involved -can influence choice of reviewers ? Use names not just numbers, e.g. Jobard et al. [1] ? Sample Related Work Section provided Most previous literature for this paper focuses on negative

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     On the Literature Search and Collaborations

     Basic literature search consists of browsing last 10 years of the IEEE Visualization and EuroVis (formally VisSym) Conference Proceedings ? More papers will be found in the References section of those papers ? Don't forget to look for State-of-the-Art (STAR) reports in Eurographics and ACM Computing Surveys ? Observe the number of papers on the topic ? Collaborations can help fill gaps in knowledge

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     Method (or Computational Model)

     Main focus of paper ? Presents an idealized model or process by which algorithm or system works ? Contains enough detail such that results can be reproduced ? Starts with an Overview Section ? Examples are cited

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     Method: Method Overview


     section starts with Method Overview Subsection ? Overview contains overview diagram or illustration ? Overview diagram depicts ideal

    conceptual model (as opposed to implementation) ? Method Section follows a divide-andconquer approach: one sub-section per component in the overview diagram ? References to good examples given

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     Parameters, Figures, and Images

     New algorithms and systems introduce new parameters, e.g., threshold values, alpha values, special distances, min. and max. values ? Identify and discuss these new parameters, illustrate the range a values ? Figures + Captions should be selfcontained ? Readers and reviewers often start with figures and images ? Images that show a new visualization are very good ? Pedagogic figures are good ? Xfig and Inkscape are two open-source packages for good figure writing

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     Enhancements (or Extensions)

     An Enhancements section may follow the Method section ? Often describes things that can be done to improve or extend the output of the basic algorithm ? Usually optional, but add a polish to existing work ? Implementation Section is optional and describes implementation details of model ? Describes aspects of model that are unexpected ? Sometimes implementation details are integrated into Method sub-sections

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     Results and Performance

     Results and Performance Analysis can be separate or together ? Results show nicest images being applied to both synthetic and real-world data sets ? Don't forget to include a description of the data sets, e.g., size, resolution, grid, dimensionality, attributes etc. ? Performance analysis often show a tradeoff between accuracy and speed or memory and speed ? A good performance analysis also shows limits of algorithm ? References given to examples

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     Application Papers


     contribution of visualization technique(s) to understanding of application-specific data ? Introduction Section is similar ? Related Work Section is similar-may include domain-specific literature ? May contain additional Background Section ? Contains Visualizations Section rather than a Method Section ? Compares traditional visualizations with modern ones ? Contains Domain Expert Review Section. ? Conclusions and Future Work are similar

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     Conclusions, Future Work, and Acknowledgements

     Conclusions summarizes paper and reemphasize the novelty, benefits, and advantages of presented work ? Future work is usually kept short to save space ? Example Conclusion and Future Work Section given ? Acknowledgements thank funding agencies involved ? Acknowledgements can also be used to thank contributors or potential reviewers ? Sample Acknowledgements Section given

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     On Proof Reading

     Ideally, paper is proof read by a new reader before submission ? References are complete and carefully proof read ? Some reviewers start with the references ? Many references (~37) are provided

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     Thank you for your attention! Any questions? We would like to thank the following: ? Benjamin Spencer, Edward Grundy, Eugene

     Zhang, R Daniel Bergeron, Helwig Hauser, and Colin Ware, and all other co-authors


     PDF versions of some papers can be found at: Partial funding for this work was provided by the EPSRC.

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