Just as each of us develops taste in books, music, art, and food, every researcher ultimately develops a taste for research problems. Every researcher should spend some time developing “good taste” in research problems. The world has many challenging problems to work on, and as researchers, we have limited time and bandwidth. It’s therefore important to develop (good) taste in selecting problems, so that we end up working on the problems that are worth a significant investment of time and energy. Many research problems will take years to run their course, so it is worth spending some time developing taste in problems.
Cultivating taste requires aggressive sampling, and both good and bad experiences.
Many professions, ranging from designers to architects to programmers to managers, need to develop good taste. In this post, we’ll focus mainly on developing taste in research problems, although some of these tips for cultivating…
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