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I am a PhD student working in computational theory which includes some amount of mathematics. I am currently in the middle stage. I have read a few research papers and have been working on some problem. I wonder how new idea's come into mind? I spend most of my time thinking about research problems again re-reading the problem statement and many times I try to read related works. I have been able to come up with new ideas but not something which is something like whole research paper. I try to focus as much as possible but still not focus is not working. I am wondering how researchers come up with new idea.

Question: How to to come up with new ideas or approach for research as a PhD student?

Some advice I have got is read-read and write and repeat but does not work for me.

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    Read, assimilate then imagine... – Solar Mike May 20 '18 at 6:38
  • Sometimes real world problems are an inspiration for research problems. – Maarten Buis May 20 '18 at 7:03
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    @Pont: If I understand correctly, that question is about coming up with interesting and feasible problems, while this one is about coming up with ideas on how to solve a given problem. @ abaa: If I am correct, can you please edit your question to clarify this? – Wrzlprmft May 20 '18 at 8:56
  • Wait for the answer to find you. Usually at the most inconvenient time. – SH7890 May 20 '18 at 9:47
  • @abaa Why are you not referencing to failed experiments and non-working computercode as inspirational source for new ideas? Do you believe that this unscientific? – Manuel Rodriguez May 20 '18 at 10:48