I have found that one of the most common remarks from the reviewers is regarding the "state-of-the-art". Especially in terms of applied research. Something like:
- The authors have not discussed the state-of-the-art methods properly.
- The experiment/results should be compared with the state-of-the-art methods.
As a novice researcher, my questions are:
- What exactly does "state-of-the-art" mean in applied research?
- How to properly discuss or analyse the state-of-the-art method in a paper? Should it be discussed in the literature review section only or somewhere else too?
- In terms of applied research (like the application of data mining algorithms), how to compare the obtained results with the results of state-of-the-art methods? How to consider the results of state-of-the-art methods as a baseline and compare your own results with it?
Could anyone please explain with examples?