# CS886 - Paper Critiques

- Two paper critiques (10% of final
mark
each)
- To be done individually (i.e., no
team)
- Due date: the day before the
presentation scheduled for each paper (see schedule)
- Submission: by email to ppoupart
[at] uwaterloo [dot] ca

## Format

- At most 2 pages
- Put yourself in the shoes of a reviewer for a conference or
journal
- 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
you
are having trouble to understand

## Suggested questions to structure your critique

Overview

- What's the paper about?
- What are the contributions?
- What's the take home message?

Significance and originality

- Are the ideas novel/original?
- Are the contributions significant?

Soundness

- Are the ideas presented technically correct?
- Are the proofs accurate?
- Are the algorithms correct?

Evaluation:

- Are the ideas/algorithms empirically or theoretically
evaluated?
- If some assumptions are made, are they realistic?
- Is scalability demonstrated?

Related work:

- 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
previous
work?

Readability:

- Is the paper well structured?
- Does the abstract properly and accurately summarize the
paper?

- 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?