I am writing a paper in the field of telecommunication. I would distribute my paper into two parts. In the first (more general) part, the system performance for all mobile-phone towers is considered. Results derived from this part are used to study one particular mobile-phone tower. For the first part, I use probability over the entire region. For the second part, I only consider a single tower and revolve my study around it.

Question: Can I have two system models in the research paper with the explanation that I have given above?

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    I don't understand why you think there might be any problem with this. Whether the two parts support or contradict each other shouldn't matter either.
    – Buffy
    Oct 8 '18 at 19:41
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    Just asking as I have not seen any example in my experience. Also, I am a PhD student so less experienced in writing
    – Sjaffry
    Oct 8 '18 at 19:46
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    A Ph.D. student has an advisor to ask questions like this. Someone who knows the normal of the field better than we do.
    – GEdgar
    Oct 8 '18 at 21:02

Yes, you can. But be sure to follow the common structure of a scientific article. That means that you have to have 2 subsections at least on the procedure section (AKA materials and methods) as well as on the results section and on the results discussion. These sub-sections are those related to your 2 systems. I would conclude about the paper as a whole. Also, be sure that your introduction states at the end the interest of studying two separate objects: if the first object is more general, is the idea to apply the methodology to a smaller system in order to validate it. Or is it the idea to get a generalization of the findings obtained for the smaller sub-system? Usually the latter is widely better accepted. In that case, you should put the smaller sub-system first.

I hope I have helped you, Cheers, Miguel Andrade Mechanical Engineer,PhD

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