BYU CS 705 - ResearchPatterns (18 pages)

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18
School:
Brigham Young University
Course:
Cs 705 - SLIDES EDITING

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Research Patterns Graduate students frequently begin research projects with very little background in how to do research There is a lot of diversity in the topics and styles of research but there are a variety of patterns in how we do research that can be instructive to beginning researchers Researchers will have two or three patterns for conducting a research investigation that they use over and over again The advantage of such patterns is that they can give an overall structure to an investigation Budding researchers frequently struggle with what should be done next why do we do it this way and why don t people like my results A set of research patterns to start from can help alleviate this problem This document outlines a variety of research patterns It is not intended to be a definitive list nor is it intended to be a careful categorization It is hoped that that document will grow as other people add successful patterns of their own All research consists of a problem to be solved and a proposed or a completed solution to the problem Research proposals papers theses and dissertations consist of problems solutions and claims about those problems and solutions Most research patterns revolve around the kinds of claims that are made and the ways to validate such claims Claims fall into two important categories The first is the set of claims about the importance of the problem Unimportant problems are not worthy of research and certainly not worth reading about The second set of claims is about the value of the solution and claims about its superiority over other solutions A well documented research pattern should have the following components A description of the kinds of claims being made and validated A set of strategies to validate claims These strategies may also include a sequence of research steps required to execute the strategy Examples of good ways to validate the claims This may include short examples or possibly pointers to papers or other works that



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