What would be an answer?
What would you like to know when the research is over?
How would you know when you succeeded?
Someone cares about the answer
The present state-of-the-art makes research feasible
- Be familiar with it
- Remember that everyone else reads it too
- Avoid faddish research
All reports are progress reports (so publish now. NOT when all the research is completed)
Every good problem leads to more problems . . . never ending.
Vagueness is inherent in research: Two items should be clear
(a) Clear criteria for what an answer will look like
(b) Have a plan for what to do tomorrow (that is, exactly what you plan to accomplish in the next 24 hours)