Reading Papers

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Things to look for when reading papers.

How I read papers

I'm not very experienced but here is how I read papers:

  • Watch their video.
    • Their video will give a high-level summary. Usually video explanations are faster/easier to understand.
    • Sometimes they show their results. Pay attention to problems in their results.
    • If they don't have a video, look for a third-party one on YouTube.
  • Read the abstract.
  • Look through all figures and captions.
    • If it doesn't have pictures, it's probably too theoretical so discard it. 😃
  • Read the Intro and Methods.
    • Tells you the problem they're addressing and their approach to addressing it.
    • What is the input to and output of their pipeline?
  • Read the Related Works section.
    • This gives you an idea of what others have tried.
  • Read the Evaluation section.
    • Usually this is just a bunch of tables and numbers but it can give you links to datasets and a reference for some benchmarks.

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