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Writing a paper as a single author in 1st person singular

I am not a native English speaker, but I don't think this is important here. The appropriate thing is not what an English professor or a poet suggests, but what is standard in the particular field. ...
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Writing a paper as a single author in 1st person singular

The pronoun used is not in reference to the author or authors but about the reader, about the audience. We is used to include the reader in the process of discovering and understanding the result. ...
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Is an NP-hardness proof of an NP-hard problem considered a contribution?

There are venues that are interested by elegant proofs of existing results, see for instance the Symposium on Simplicity in Algorithms. So yes, in some cases an elegant proof can be considered as a ...
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Dialogue writing style & Yuri Gurevich's imaginary student: Quisani

As far as I can know, Yuri's imaginary student Quizani (no typo, but the name was later changed to Quisani) was first introduced by Yuri in 1988. It was for his first Logic in Computer Science column ...
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How to be formal while writing papers?

Sure, here's a basic checklist. It would make for a very dry read to actually follow these to the letter, but maybe you should first try to write extremely formally, then see where it's reasonable to ...
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Writing a paper as a single author in 1st person singular

I'm not a native English speaker but this is what I do in single-authored papers. (Or rather, what I would hypothetically do if I wrote single-authored papers :) ) 1) Throughout most of a technical ...
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Writing a paper as a single author in 1st person singular

I'm also not native english. However, I serve as a referee for about $20$ papers per year in theoretical computer science both for journals and conferences since a lot of years. This what I ...
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What tools do you use to give presentations?

For drawing it is also convenient to use Inkscape instead of tikz: it can embed latex code with the plugin Textext, and you can directly draw what you want instead of starting worrying about ...
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What tools do you use to give presentations?

I use beamer + pdfpcnotes.sty to present with pdfpc which has the following features (according to their website): Shows current and next slide Support for notes, both as text and on slides (as ...

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