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Interested to know about any systematic and preferably standardized framework for analyzing research paper in consistent matrix form which would allow us to compare the same parameters over multiple papers (similar to survey). This can help in documenting our reading and better understand the bigger picture in a field.

e.g: Features of a typical paper:

Problem type Solution approach Pros Cons ..

I understand that the features would differ considerably among different domains and would be nicer to know the feature sets for each domain.

Some Required domains:

  • Computer Science
  • Education Technology
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I'm not sure I understand what you are asking. Do you want a set of parameters for different domains? What kind of domains are we talking abou there? – THelper Mar 4 '13 at 8:14
updated question to reflect – Ali Mar 4 '13 at 9:33
I don't think it is possible to answer your question if you do not specify why you are reading the papers in the first place. The parameters in your matrix will very much depend on your research question. – THelper Mar 4 '13 at 10:03
I agree but there are certain features which are common across all papers e.g: Features of a typical paper: Problem type Solution approach Pros Cons .. – Ali Mar 4 '13 at 11:21

A few suggestions:

  • Look into methods of conducting a systematic review and its relevant books. You should be able to find some reference matrix used for data abstraction.

  • Play with some common bibliography software and look at what kind of metadata are usually abstracted.

  • Reverse engineer from your "survey" and determine what kind of data you'd need. Use that to drive your matrix design.

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