Report Writing Guidelines

  • Problem definition, motivations and conclusions MUST
  • All non Roman strings should be in 4 forms (see my book)
  • Draw STRONG and definite conclusions. What have you learnt from the MTP?
  • Visit and re-visit your abstracts: they are very long and general. Have to give your OWN contribution
  • (MUST) acknowledge any example, table, figure you have drawn from anywhere
  • Every chapter must have a summary
  • Your report must be in your own words
  • A roadmap of the whole report in the first chapter is a must. The relevance of each chapter must be established
  • A roadmap of each section in the beginning of each chapter is a must. The relevance of each section must be established
  • Insightful analysis of results, error analysis, confusion matrix, case studies are a must
  • A chapter on data preparation and annotation is a must
  • References have to be in ACL format, uniformly
  • References must be linked in the body
  • Thesis approval sheet must be there at the start of the report
  • Lit survey should be such that it will be like a survey paper. This will be uploaded on CFILT home page.
  • Check that there is one space after all punctuations and one space BEFORE '('.
  • All lit survey should be on one place, not distributed everywhere.
  • The report cannot be a bound volume of your papers.
  • Conclusions are different from summary- remember that.

  • See that the production does not look raw, but becoming of a graduating senior student. The following are very much in your control.


    1. No gap before punctuation
    2. Gap before parentheis
    3. Uniform font
    4. Use section and subsection numbers
    5. Figures and tables numbered as and properly captioned
    6. Use equations editor and not cut and paste from pdf
    7. Acknowledgement in formal expressions
    8. Singular plural
    9. Subject verb agreement
    10. NOT starting a chapter straightway with section, and section with subsection
    11. A proper lit survey chapter, but not scattered
    12. Adding a page listing own publications
    13. Multilingual strings must be in 4 forms: the string, transliteration, gloss and English translation
    14. Impeccable formatting
    15. Uniform gap for section titles and lines (else looks very unpolished)
    16. References in ACM or IEEE order, complete and correct
    17. The report should look like a report and not a compendium of slides***

    Medium difficulty

    1. Abstract: describing what you want to do
    2. Conclusion: describing how much of the above has been done
    3. Future work: putting down (abstract-conclusion)'s quantum of work


    1. Build a story
    2. Present it coherently, interestingly