Archive - Apr 18, 2009

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Organizing ideas

Anand Sarwate classifies research ideas he has into 5 convenient categories:

1. Pie-in-the-sky : wow, that seems interesting… I should think about it for more than 5 minutes…
2. Nebulous hand-waving : there’s a problem there, but what is the right framework?
3. Percolating : ok, but what is the actual formal problem?
4. In progress : finding the proof in the pudding.
5. Writing : oh no, a deadline! Gotta figure out how to fit the page limit!

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