Why reading is important
- Find interesting problems.
- Know the literature.
- Learn methodologies.
Challenges for amateur readers
- Lack of background fundamentals.
- Dive too deep into details.
- Lose focus.
- - Too many papers.
- - Treat all materials as equally important.
- Lack of critical thinking.
Tip #1: What-why-how
Follow the logic flow, and go directly to the target part.
Tip #2: Top-down
- Overview -> Details
Most papers are written following the ``Overview-details policy. One can skip details and grasp the skeleton of the paper.
- Claims -> Reasons
First claim, then reasons. If you have doubts about a claim, usually, you can continue to the following explanation. If a claim is intuitive and reasonable, you may stip the explanations.
Tip #3: Problem-driven
A good paper is organized with intuitive problems. It is a journey of solving problems, instead of introducing endless points.
- Motivation: Why the problem is important and challenging
- Aim/Goal: What is the paper's main goal and the rough idea to address the challenges.
- Solutions: Details to implement the proposed idea.
Understand the examples
If a detailed example is used in the paper, try to fully understand that example. That would save a lot of time understanding the soul of the paper.
Critical thinking: questions while reading
- Is the problem really important and necessary?
- Do the challenges/assumptions hold? Why existing works cannot handle it.
- Are the problems really solved by the proposal.
- Do the reasons presented explain the observation/problem statment.