CS886 - Paper Critiques
- Two paper critiques (10% of final
- To be done individually (i.e., no
- Due date: the day before the
presentation scheduled for each paper (see schedule)
- Submission: by email to ppoupart
[at] uwaterloo [dot] ca
- At most 2 pages
- Put yourself in the shoes of a reviewer for a conference or
- Give constructive
feedback to the authors
- For every criticism, make a suggestion to improve the paper
- Mention also the good aspects of the paper
- If you don't understand something, mention it and explain why
are having trouble to understand
Suggested questions to structure your critique
Significance and originality
- What's the paper about?
- What are the contributions?
- What's the take home message?
- Are the ideas novel/original?
- Are the contributions significant?
- Are the ideas presented technically correct?
- Are the proofs accurate?
- Are the algorithms correct?
- Are the ideas/algorithms empirically or theoretically
- If some assumptions are made, are they realistic?
- Is scalability demonstrated?
- Is the paper properly situated with respect to related work?
- Is there a brief survey of related work?
- Do the authors explain similarities and differences with
- Is the paper well structured?
- Does the abstract properly and accurately summarize the
- Do the introduction and conclusion clearly explain the
contributions and the take home message?
- Is the flow of ideas easy to follow?
- Is the paper well written?
- Are all the technical terms and abbreviations explained?
- Are there important grammatical errors?
- Are there a lot of typos?