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Get started @ SNAP

Welcome to SNAP! Here is a list that will help you get started in the SNAP group.

Remote access

  • SSH to shark.stanford.edu.
  • Login with your InfoLab account.

SNAP mailing list



Source core repository

git clone snap@shark.stanford.edu:/u/snap/git/snapcore.git

Papers, publications repository

Check out the repository as follows:

svn co svn+ssh://snap@snap.stanford.edu/svn/snap2/docs/papers

The repository can be viewed in a browser with: http://snap.stanford.edu/viewvc/snap/

How to create and add a new paper to SVN

To add a new paper into the repository:

  • Checkout the appropriate year (e.g., "svn checkout http://snap@snap.stanford.edu/svn/snap2/docs/papers/2018/")

  • Create a new subdirectory in the 2018 for the paper. Use the following notation to create the folder <your-name>-<keyword> (e.g., seth-influence, jaewon-communities)

  • We keep each section of the paper in a separate file (000abstract.tex, 010intro.tex, ...). Here is a paper template that you can use: http://snap.stanford.edu/svn/snap2/docs/papers/samplePaper.zip

  • We put the figures (EPS files) into the FIG folder (see samplePaper.zip)
  • We use the Makefile to compile the LaTeX source into PDF. If you rename the *.tex files make sure you also edit the Makefile appropriately.
  • Now that you have the skeleton of the paper ready add it to the repository: "svn add my-paper". Make sure you only add *.tex, *.bib, Makefile and the FIG folder. Don't add *.aux and other temporary files.

Tips on writing good papers

For a nice set of tips and guidelines on how to write a good technical paper see Jennifer Widom's page: http://infolab.stanford.edu/~widom/paper-writing.html

Weekly meetings

  • Time: Monday, 12:00pm
  • Location: Gates 423 (Infolab)
  • More info here: SnapWeekly