Is it appropriate to ask questions here that fall into the literature survey realm?
Some of the bioinformatics citation trails are a rats nest and it can be difficult to find appropriate methods papers for implementing software (e.g., sequence alignment methods, sequence similarity methods).
Furthermore, limited library access can make it difficult to perform a full literature survey on a topic, and sometimes it would be helpful to have a second/third/n set of eyes to ensure the completeness/authority of the articles/resources I've dug up so far.
These types of questions might range from finding the original method paper for a specific algorithm (e.g. Average Nucleotide Identity), to putting together a complete literature survey on a very specific topic (e.g., Four Russians Speedup for Dynamic Programming) - answers to the latter might be a community wiki, or even identifying an existing literature survey.
- "What are the original articles that describe Algorithm X?"
- "Are there any methods papers that describe how to implement Algorithm X?"
- "Which articles describe refinements to Algorithm X?"
In some cases, it would be helpful to be able to track the progress of a topic (e.g., following improvements on Dynamic Programming for pairwise sequence alignment). I imagine answers to these types of questions might be curated lists of citations with light commentary.
These types of questions could potentially be tagged with a
literature-survey tag in addition to the topic tag.
Note: I am not suggesting that actual documents (e.g., PDF) be shared, only citation information and commentary.
Alternatively, is there a more appropriate way to ask these types of questions here?