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Systematic Literature Reviews - Pushing the Limits

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  • Bachelor
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A systematic literature review is a "systematic, explicit, comprehensive, and reproducible method for identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing the existing body of completed and recorded work produced by researchers, scholars, and practitioners".

The systematic literature review is a tool to cope with the abundant scientific literature for any given topic. A systematic literature review is a "systematic, explicit, comprehensive, and reproducible method for identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing the existing body of completed and recorded work produced by researchers, scholars, and practitioners". Such desk research is still the core of seminar works, bachelor, master and doctoral theses as well as a necessary part of scientific papers. Sometimes, the systematic literature review will be published itself. However, it is not easy to operationalize such a definition in a dynamic field like computer science, where the body of knowledge not only consists of traditional journal papers, but also of conference and workshop papers, technical standards, and patents; not to forget the bunch of gray literature consisting of preprints, tech blogs, hardware & software documentation, query & answer websites and other online resources. From a methodological point of view, still a lot of systematic literature reviews are based on simple keyword searches in bibliographic databases and manual analysis of references. But, the automatic extraction of knowledge from scientific resources as well as the processing of this knowledge by tools like social network analysis, latent semantic analysis, and machine learning have progressed to a point that it is possible to generate such literature reviews in a completely automatic way. The question remains, how such a knowledge gain can be still used by humans in the scientific process. How can we push systematic literature reviews over the limits of current practice and still profit from it? This thesis is a systematic literature review by itself and should review the state-of-the art in the field and offer practical tools for computer science students and researchers.

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Interest in scientific work and artificial intelligence.

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