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The second pass: Grasp the content

Duration: Can take up to 1 hour. 

Activity:

  •  Read the complete paper. 
  • Ignore details such as proofs or equations. 
  • Take some notes at the margins of the paper and write down the key points.
  • Look at any type of illustration in the paper like tables and figures and see if you can spot any mistakes or discrepancies.

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.

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Doing A Literature Survey

Doing a literature survey is a bit different than reading a single paper. 

  1. First pass: In the first pass you have to collect potentially useful papers. Find 3 to 5 recent papers. You can now continue with the usual first pass procedure. You can also skim through the references...

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The First Pass: The bird’s-eye view

Goal: To get the big picture of the paper 

Duration: Less than 10 minutes.

Activity: Glancing over the following sections of paper: 

  1. Abstract
  2. Title
  3. Introduction 
  4. Conclusion

Ignore the content of section and sub-sections. 

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Optional extensions(Part 1)

Use this only if you have to read the entire paper. 

  • Make little boxes: Surround equations, figures and tables with boxes. Do this during the first-pass. It will help to quantify how many details in terms of math equations you can expect. 
  • Highlighters

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The Three Pass Approach

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: 

  1. The First Pass: The bird's-eye view 
  2. The second pass: Grasp the content
  3. The third pass: Virtually re-impleme...

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The Third Pass: Virtually re-implement the paper

Duration: Can take up to 4-5 hours if you're a beginner(you should carefully consider if this step is worth your time). 

Activity: 

  • Read the paper in its entirety and question every detail.
  • Make the same assumptions as the authors and re-create the work from scratch. You ...

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The 5 C's

At the end of the first pass you should be able to answer:

  • Category: What is the type of paper? Literature? Prototype?
  • Context: What other papers are related to this one? Can you connect it to something else?
  • Correctness:

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Optional Extensions(Part 2)

  • Pomodoro Sessions: If you feel intimidated by the paper and lack motivation, you can use the pomodoro technique. Start a 25 minute timer without any expectations and read the paper. 
  • Feynman technique: Choose a concept you want to learn; pretend you'...

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Optional extensions(Part 1)

Use this only if you have to read the entire paper. 

  • Make little boxes: Surround equations, figures and tables with boxes. Do this during the first-pass. It will help to quantify how many details in terms of math equations you can expect. 
  • Highlighters

The Third Pass: Virtually re-implement the paper

Duration: Can take up to 4-5 hours if you're a beginner(you should carefully consider if this step is worth your time). 

Activity: 

  • Read the paper in its entirety and question every detail.
  • Make the same assumptions as the authors and re-create the work from scratch. You ...

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Write down your answers every evening in a journal made out of paper or on your computer/smart phone.

A nice extra benefit of writing it down is that after a few weeks you can read through all the answers to...

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