Category Archives: research

Recommend a paper: Empirical Analysis of Programming Language Adoption

Leo A. Meyerovich and Ariel Rabkin. Empirical Analysis of Programming Language Adoption. OOPSLA ’13. 2013.

The following text is copied and slightly modified from the paper.

Some programming languages become widely popular while others fail to grow beyond their niche or disappear altogether. This paper uses survey methodology to identify the factors that lead to language adoption. Leo A. Meyerovich and Ariel Rabkin analyzed large datasets, including over 200,000 SourceForge projects, 590,000 projects tracked by Ohloh, and multiple surveys of 1,000-13,000 programmers. They report several prominent findings.

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Journal Article Review

This is the review of the current state of research in my domain with generalized observations and suggestions for research.

Figure of Journals scope and my research area.
Figure of Journals scope and my research area.

Computational Linguistics: This journal’s scope is quite wide, but it is highly referred in papers that are related to my research.

Knowledge-Based Systems focuses on systems that use knowledge-based techniques to support human decision-making, learning and action.

Bioinformatic: I will focus on the data and text mining part.

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How to Read a Paper

S. Keshav, How to Read a Paper, ACM Computer Communication Review, July 2007.

In this 2-page paper, (Keshav, 2007) introduced a very practical and efficient three-pass method for reading research papers. He also described how to use this method to do a literature survey. S. Keshav is a professor in CS at the Univ of Waterloo. The above link points to the updated version of Aug 2, 2013.

Some sentences that I like:

If a reviewer cannot understand the gist after one pass, the paper will likely be rejected; if a reader cannot understand the highlights of the paper after five minutes, the paper will likely never be read. For these reasons, a ‘graphical abstract’ that summarizes a paper with a single well-chosen figure is an excellent idea and can be increasingly found in scientific journals.

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