Final Project Report
Due: 5:00PM, 12/11/2015
In addition to the presentation, you will present your findings in a final paper. Final papers should be around 4 pages long (if you are working with three or more students, or you have more results to report, the page limit can be extended to 6 pages) in the ACMSIGCHI format( Word & Latex templates ). While this may sound short, it is much harder to write an effective, complete short paper than it is to ramble.A good approach to writing a great short paper is to write a long one first, and then trim it down to the most vital parts. Much of the advice from above for preparing your presentation applies to the paper as well. Here are a few more suggestions for preparing your paper:
Find a paper that you particularly like because of how it's written, and use it as a template. This paper needn't be on the same topic, but a close mapping in terms of type of contribution (e.g. a tool paper vs. an analysis paper) will give you more guidance as to how to structure your paper.
The title and abstract are the most important parts of a paper, and should clearly convey what you did. Motivate your specific problem (not the field as a whole), and focus on what you did. After reading the abstract, the reader should know what your contribution is – don't speak in generalities. For example, instead of saying "We analyze different methods for preparing cookies with interesting ingredients by running a user study.", say "We present three new recipes for chocolate chip cookies each employing a unique ingredient: jellybeans, tofu, and corn nibblets. Cookies were compared using a blind, within-subjects taste test with 30 individuals. The cookie with tofu was found to have superior mouth feel when compared with the other two, but subjects preferred the taste of the corn cookie by a 2:1 margin."
Review the Project proposal assignment. Make sure you clearly address each of the important bullets from the abstract in your final paper. Please use the APA heading structure to describe your study & results. Clearly tie your analysis to your hypotheses.
Use pictures to show your interface and graphs to present your data. Graphs should generally aggregate across participants, and show variance. (Only show individual data points if the reader learns something more by doing so.)
Only one submission is needed for each project group. Please send your report as an email attachment to the instructor by 5:00PM, 12/11/2015.
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