Dominik Farhan

A Few Notes on Reading Papers (based on Andrew Ng's lecture)

This post is a brief summary of the first half or so of the following lecture.

On reading multiple papers

It is always better to have a list of possible papers to read. This list shouldn't be static. You should add new interesting papers and remove those that are not useful/low quality etc. It is not necessary to read all papers from the list and often it is better to read multiple papers at the same time because they can complement each other.

On reading one paper

Don't read papers from the first to the last word. Always strive for understanding but also be effective with your time. Andrew Ng recommends doing multiple passes. Like in the following fashion:

Questions you should be able to answer

After reading the paper (and during) one should think about at least some of the following questions:

General advice