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  1. Guidelines for paper writing and oral presentation Juho Rousu

  2. Using literature • It is not enough to use one scientific article for the seminar paper! • How many references you should use and cite? • A rule of thumb is "as many references as there are pages in the seminar paper". • Try to locate the best papers about the topic. • You will probably end up reading more papers than you will eventually use. • Try to make a synthesis of the literature. • What is the main message of the papers about some topic? • How do the individual papers relate to or deviate from this main message.

  3. Sources of information • High-quality journals: e.g. Journal of Machine Learning Research, Machine Learning • Proceedings of high-quality conferences: e.g. International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS) • Text books contain high-quality information. However, as the publication process of books takes very long, the information in text books is rarely the latest in science. • Text books can be used as sources of information, but they should always be accompanied by journal and conference papers. • Wikipedia contains a lot of information and sometimes is a good source to get an overview of the seminar topic. However, the quality of Wikipedia articles varies. In particular, the peer-review process behind a Wikipedia article is not always at the same level as high-quality scientific journals and conferences • You may use Wikipedia as a means to learn about some topic. However, avoid using Wikipedia as the only source of information. Always verify the facts using other sources of information. • Online course material is widely available in the www. These should be used even with more caution than Wikipedia. Some courses are very good some are not, and there is no peer-review process behind the material. • Online courses should not be used as references in you seminar paper. • The rest of WWW. A random web page of some individual/organization/group about some subject has typically very little quality control behind it. • This material is not suitable for seminar paper material.

  4. Finding information • Google Scholar is perhaps the search engine to find literature on certain topic. • Electronic journals: Aalto has subscriptions to a wide range of electronic journals, you can access these from the university computers. • To access these via Google Scholar, remember to enable "Library Links” in Google Scholar preferences • Combination of two search strategies will lead to the best results • Google Scholar will give you well-references articles that match to the keywords. These are often a bit older. • Hint: from Scholar you can easily access the list of papers that cite the paper • Systematic search through the tables of contents of latest issues of good journals will return you the latest of the latest in the topic.

  5. Layout of the seminar paper • The paper should be formatted according to Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science style • • Length of the paper should be 8-12 pages • Using LaTeX is strongly recommended. If you don’t know LaTeX now is the time to learn!

  6. Oral presentation • The oral presentation should not be a image of the written paper. • You should concentrate in geeting the main message through and leave details to the seminar paper. • Allocate enough time for each slide so that the audience have time to understand the contents. 2 minutes per slide is a good rule of thumb.