Setting The Scene For Paper

You want to say enough on the first page to catch them so what are you going to say in this introductory section sometimes introductions start with a you know background sort of vaguely setting the scene for the paper this is this is death right but the background is not interesting to your readers they want to know why they should read your paper now so here it is describe what the problem is briefly and then say what your contributions are so in describing the problem use an exact right ooh use an example so rather than describing a problem in an abstract way they give a brief description and then give a concrete example. More about giving examples onĀ Edusson.

So here’s a paper that I wrote a little while ago and you can see that after four lines of text I’ve got a program fragment to illustrate a particular example of the problem I was trying to solve right so that that kind of gets your it’s a quick way of getting your readers engaged because then they can think oh well if I could solve that problem I’d be happy and I could see that there’s something more general hiding behind that does that make sense you’re going to say more about the problem later in the introduction you’re just trying to sort of get your audience to have a sense of the problem you’re trying to do an intuition right not a fully formal description of what you’re trying to do and so examples are really good for that now the other important thing about setting the problem this is about describing the problem is that not to make it too ambitious right so here’s an example computer programs have sort of possible first line for your paper computer programs have bugs this is that we will solve them right you’re learning terribly passive here but actually how many papers have you read that play this that play this kind of game.

They describe a problem that we that hundreds of people have spent thousands of man years trying to solve and you say that’s what my paper is going to do so it’s like describing Mount Everest right and and say that I know you read this paper you love conquered Mount Everest it’s almost certainly folks and so it doesn’t really convey any information to your readers because it just says you know working this general area basically they know you’re not going to crack this problem you see the difference so you want to convey to then something you can crack so that’s why I say mole hills not mountains so here’s an example you consider this particular program which has an interesting bug right and you get so you get your read is the thing I I can see the bug I can see that’s not totally trivial to spot in this paper will show an automatic technique for identifying removing this kind of bug suit I mean about so you want it to be hard enough to be intriguing but easy enough to be soluble.