Seems to work for research as well, especially for solo hackers attempting research outside institutional frameworks.
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Rogue Researcher's Route Map - Addendum
I wrote about what I learned when attempting to do Comp Sci research on my own (A Rogue researcher's route map). Something I've learned since then might help people read research papers- Every (good) research paper asks (and hopefully answers) a question. Try to discover the question being asked and the answer and nail them both down by trying to express them in a couple of sentences each. This really helps you understand the significance of a paper for your research. And stops you from panicking when you discover papers which seem to cover ground similar to what you are doing). Paul Graham , talking about startup ideas, says, Treating a startup idea as a question changes what you're looking for. If an idea is a blueprint, it has to be right. But if it's a question, it can be wrong, so long as it's wrong in a way that leads to more ideas.