How to read a paper

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.  – Richard Feynman

It is often helpful to read with questions in mind. This post summarizes a list of questions worthy asking while reading a paper. I would like to make this post a living document about how to read a paper, as I read more materials and gain more understanding of scientific research. The content of this post is largely from the references listed at the end.  Continue reading “How to read a paper”

How to do research

One of the biggest questions that graduate students have is “how to do research”. This post summarizes resources online about how to do research, and I hope it is helpful to the audience.

[1] How to do research at MIT AI lab link
reading, making connections, learning other fields, notebooks, writing, talks,  programming, advisors, thesis, research methodology, emotional factors.

[2] How to do research (advice) link
thinking of the question, answering the question, communicating the answer

[3] How to do graduate-level research: some advice link
Personal and professional principles: motivations and goals, tracking progress, time management, dealing with people, collaboration and mentoring, quality, attitude, dealing with failure, taking advantage of opportunities
The craft of research: keeping a notebook, reading, listening, talking, writing, programming, mathematical analysis, background subject knowledge
The art of research: identifying a problem, formulating a well-defined problem, thinking about a research problem, your advisor, the thesis