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Publish a Survey Paper Based on Literature Survey - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Yesterday, I reviewed survey paper which was perhaps done by a student of a graduate program just after his/her literature survey. How do I know? Because it was just a summary of a set of papers, and lacked a critique, comparison, identification of burning questions/challenges, and any insights for future research directions. My decision as reviewer was easy, "Strong Reject", as several such papers I rejected in the past. Today, one of the students told me "I hope to publish 2 papers based on my research as mentioned in one of the seminars". First, as a survey paper after literature survey and second after finishing research.

The idea of trying to publish a survey paper just after a literature survey looks so wrong to me. While I have had a couple of debates regarding this with my colleagues (both who agree & disagree), I guess it's time to document this so that I don't need to repeat myself again.

Let's start with the most important person when i…
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Describing Experimental/Simulation Setup

Sometimes the results of a performance analysis may depend on the computers used and/or specific features of software/libraries. In such cases it is extremely important to describe the experimental/simulation set up in details. It enables others to repeat those experiments as well as check whether the results are rigorous, statistically sound, and unbiased. Unfortunately, "Simulation Setup" is the shortest section in many research papers where authors try to save space by cutting down as much as details. Here are some tips on what to include (in addition to describing the experimental/simulation setup) based on my experiences:
Type of Simulation Are the results based on Experimentation, Emulation, or Simulation? If simulations also mention further details like whether it is Discrete Event, Montacarlo, Stochastic, or Deterministic simulation. Are the results for Steady, Dynamic, Starting/ramp-up, or Terminating state(s)?Number of Experiments/Simulations No of sampl…

One Year Since Returning to Sri Lanka...

It's a year since returning to Sri Lanka. Looking back, buying a car was perhaps the only positive event. So many minor problems, some are caused by my own ignorance, some are by others, and rest by the environment around us. I'm simply overwhelmed & lost trying to cope with them. Any advice???

HPC Lab Website Launched

As our 1st step towards formally establishing the HPC Lab in the department, we launched the website last week. We will add more content with time. Next step is to physically set up a lab once we get a room (currently our resources are spread around).