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What makes them ‘good’ is that they answer a question that has not been answered before (paper 3), or they propose a novel algorithm/concept (papers 1 and 2). In either case, they provide evidence that their answer is true, or their novel algorithm is better than the state of the art.

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Resource Projects (Datasets or Software)

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  1. Auto-Surprise: An Automated Recommender-System (AutoRecSys) Library with Tree of Parzens Estimator (TPE) Optimization

  2. GIANT: The 1-Billion Annotated Synthetic Bibliographic-Reference-String Dataset for Deep Citation Parsing

  3. RARD II: The 94 Million Related-Article Recommendation Dataset

  4. The Architecture and Datasets of Docear's Research Paper Recommender System

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Applied Research Projects

In “applied research” you aim at improving one field of application -- e.g. movie recommendation, lung-cancer prediction, face recognition, or stock market prediction. Typically in such a project, you ‘throw’ a large number of existing algorithms on the novel scenario, and see what algorithms perform best. For a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis, such a project is fine. However, from a scientific point of view, such projects are normally considered second-class. Such projects often involve a lot of trial and error, and less theoretically founded idea. To illustrate the point: Imagine a person A) who proposed the idea of Support Vector Machines and evaluated the first SVM on a dataset with handwritten digits and a person B) who later proposed to apply SVMs on classifying images of cats and dogs. Person A) clearly made a much more significant contribution to the world. Nevertheless, applied research papers can make valuable contributions to the field (we have published many applied research papers ourselves).

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Reproducibility Projects

Reproducibility projects are about confirming or disconfirming the results of someone else's' work. There three different scenarios.

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You can do a large-scale reproducibility study, in which you try to reproduce the work of many authors. Such a study recently won the best-paper award at the RecSys conference: Are We Really Making Much Progress? A Worrying Analysis of Recent Neural Recommendation Approaches. This kind of work is not suitable for a Bachelors’s or Master’s thesis, but only for part of a Ph.D. (think of a year of work).

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Comparative Studies

In a comparative study, you compare a large number of algorithms or tools to identify the best one or the advantages and disadvantages of each. This type of work can be similar to a reproducibility study, but the framing/writing of the paper is different. Also, a comparative study typically aims at well-established software tools (e.g. machine learning tools like Weka, sci-kit learn, H.2, TensorFlow, …). A reproducibility study rather aims at novel algorithms that are not yet integrated into software libraries like Tensorflow.

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The examples above are relatively brief, but you may make such studies very comprehensive and even publish them in journals.

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Industry or Application Projects

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An example would be our paper Data Pruning in Recommender Systems Research: Best Practice or Malpractice? although it was officially published as a research poster, and not as a position paper.

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Literature Surveys

A literature survey summarizes a large amount of literature relating to one particular topic. Every type of research project – be it a research article, a resource paper, or a comparative study – must contain some literature survey, summarized in the related work section. As a Bachelor’s student, your entire thesis may be a literature survey. However, your survey must be really comprehensive, and it is not easy to do this well! We would only agree to supervise a literature survey as a thesis project if you are already very familiar with that research field. Furthermore, you must be an excellent writer, and very well at organizing and structuring.

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A survey, or poll, is typically a kind of research paper. Computer scientists rarely conduct surveys but that does not mean, you shouldn’t do it if you have a good idea for a survey.

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