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How to Explain a Scientific Figure

A figure sometimes is more powerful than a hundred words in explaining scientific findings. However, putting figures in a paper without proper explanation might lead to confusion, or at the very least waste precious space real estate. Note that this article is not about how to display data in a figure, but about how to explain a figure, assuming it is elegantly crafted. There are many articles about the former, on which Dr. Edward Tufte has many great articles and books that I highly recommend. Continue reading

Having a “Professional” Personal Webpages

My advisor was (co)charing CGO’2014, and he asked me to compile an email list of all the authors who published at ISCA, MICRO, HPCA, and ASPLOS over the last three years, so that the publicity chair and he could send out the “spam bomb” to publicize CGO.

It took me 10 mins to compile a list of all the names; the tedious and intimidating part was to find the email address for each of them. I could not think of an automatic way other than to google the name, go to the webpage, and look for the email address. It was amazing to me how difficult it was on some webpages to find a single email address, or in general, to quickly locate important information. Continue reading