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Chapter Structure (cont)

The main part of each chapter ...
  • must present a coherent, logical progression of ideas
    (think of it as telling a story or trying to explain some idea to a friend)
  • each new idea must be based on what was said before
  • the reason for the progression must be made clear
    (don't pull conclusions out of the air; everything must be justified)
Simple example:
Previous experimental studies of M-tree indexing show that when the data has a non-uniform distribution, the tree may become severely unbalanced. If the tree can be constructed so that it adapts to the distribution of the data, it can be made balanced. The X-tree method that we propose uses the data distribution to compute a weighting vector that is used to place data in the tree in such a way as to keep it balanced.