Ed Hovy's 7 Steps Towards a Thesis
"The Seven Steps Toward a Thesis"
by Eduard Hovy
USC Information Sciences Institute
- The idea
- Is there a claim?
- Is the claim clear?
- Is the idea large or small?
- Is the idea as large as it can be? Can you generalize it, or apply
- Motivation, Use, or Application
- Why should we care?
- How can the claim be used? Are there other applications?
- Details of the Idea
- What are the basic items/elements /representation units of the idea?
- What are the rules or types of interrelationships between them?
- How elaborated are these items and rules/relationships?
- How much of the phenomena do they cover?
- Is there enough data in the study?
- Is it representative? trustworthy? applicable?
- Discovery Methodology
- Is the method of investigation clear?
- Is it appropriate? Does it ignore phenomena that look relevant?
- Is it well-reasoned? no biases or mistakes?
- Is prior work recognized? used?
- Is there an evaluation?
- If so, is it adequate? Complete enough?
- Does it speak to the claim?
- Does it actually prove the claim?
- If not, why not?
- Is there a discussion of how one might try to test or prove the
- Can one make predictions and (easily) test them?
Last modified: Thu Aug 29 15:22:10 EDT 2002