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Srinivasan Keshav describes the three-pass approach which acts as a filtering system. It is an iterative and incremental way of reading a paper. It consists of:
Goal: To get the big picture of the paper
Duration: Less than 10 minutes.
Activity: Glancing over the following sections of paper:
Ignore the content of section and sub-sections.
At the end of the first pass you should be able to answer:
Duration: Can take up to 1 hour.
At the end of the second pass it can happen that you still don’t understand what you’ve just read. Maybe this is not your field of expertise or you are lacking background information. Write down what you didn't get and fill the knowledge gap later.
Duration: Can take up to 4-5 hours if you're a beginner(you should carefully consider if this step is worth your time).
At the end of this pass you should be an expert and know the paper’s strong and weak points. You can reconstruct the structure and explain to someone in simple language what the paper is all about.
Doing a literature survey is a bit different than reading a single paper.
Use this only if you have to read the entire paper.
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