Thursday, December 29, 2005

Scientific/Technical papers- a stream of bullshit and a few gems

Alas, like most things in life, it's sway in crap.

For any grad student, or anyone who has done independent research by reading journal/conference papers, they would have had a similar experience as I've had.

The thing is, most people use lots of big words to make themselves sound smart. In reality however, most of their paper is verbal diarrhea. I questioned my friend Matt at school about this, and he said that he would also write his papers this way. This I refuse to do.

Understanding simple concepts well is more important than not understanding anything and laying down lots of words that, by the end of the paper, don't amount to anything.

However, after reading 100's of papers in the last 4 months, I've realized most people write this way :/ Which ofcourse, makes it excruciatingly painful to read. Alas, that's life ;) Good thing you tend to notice a pattern after a while and just skip over the crappy parts ;)


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