Asked • 03/22/19

Style Question: Use of "we" vs. "I" vs. passive voice in a dissertation?

As I'm not a native speaker and just finishing my dissertation in Computer Science, I wonder what style I should be using.In German (my native tongue) most dissertations, school-books and scientific writing use third person or passive voice to sound 'objective'. I know that passive voice in English should be avoided.In most of my publications I use "we" (e.g. "we can improve the recognition rate by ...").For the dissertation, as it is my work, should I prefer "I" over "we"? I don't like the idea too much, as it sounds pretentious to me.Currently, I want use first person singular for the contributions section and first person plural for the rest. I try to avoid passive as often as possible.Is this acceptable?

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