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    I'm writing my dissertation and I've recently decided to include a Section 0 for preliminary work. My questions:
    • What are people's opinions on this? It does give rise to weird numbering like Theorem 0.10.
    • Is it a standard or an accepted practice for long journal pieces?
    • Does anyone find it aesthetically displeasing?
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    Personally, I find it an odd thing to do outside of textbooks ("Chapter 0" instead of "Section 0"). If it's background work that can be skipped if known, would it fit into the appendices?
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    (Original post by Dream Eater)
    I'm writing my dissertation and I've recently decided to include a Section 0 for preliminary work. My questions:
    • What are people's opinions on this? It does give rise to weird numbering like Theorem 0.10.
    • Is it a standard or an accepted practice for long journal pieces?
    • Does anyone find it aesthetically displeasing?
    I personally would find it fairly strange, though you could probably find some examples that have this. I just think it's best to refer to "Section 1" as the first section, as opposed to "Section 0" as the first section.
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    Out of interest, is this standard practice for everything in CS?
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    I've never seen a Section 0 in dissertations. Section 1 is always the introduction, then Section 2 and maybe 3 introduce preliminaries/background work and all that stuff. I certainly don't think it's standard practise, for either maths or CS.
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    Hatcher's Algebraic Topology has a Chapter 0.
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    I don't think it will do any harm, OP.
    (Original post by Zhen Lin)
    Hatcher's Algebraic Topology has a Chapter 0.
    So does Rotman's 'algebraic topology' and Kelley's 'General topology'.
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    Is it safe to conclude that only papers/books relating to topology have a Chapter 0?
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    I tend to make the Section 0 my contents page or abstract on reports, then there can be no confusion.
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    Speaking of topologists being weird...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyD4p8_y8Kw
 
 
 
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