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So as someone who started aiming for PhD and enrolled in masters , I'm really confused with how someone could move in the AI/ML research domain... I see outstanding papers published round the clock and it really makes me feel how anything I would do would even match the lowest standard worthy of publishing, not to mention the single biggest problem I don't have a problem in hand.

It increasingly looks like to me that I'll publish a review paper instead because I feel I'm decent enough in doing literature review (which really helped me with previous publications), but it feels like a shortcut, that I am not doing actual research and I am nowhere good to warrant a publishing.

PS I had some experience of publishing papers in my bachelor and know the general process followed in the academic writing, but these were often papers I really think were not worthy enough to be published. They had stemmed out of mostly the project I was involved in undergraduate.

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TL;DR. Search this forum, and beyond, for impostor syndrome: What you're experiencing is perfectly normal.

At masters-level, you're just entering the amphitheatre arena. Of course everyone looks better, you haven't started yet. I see outstanding papers published round the clock, that's great! You're looking in the right places, finding the best stuff. It really makes me feel how anything I would do would even match the lowest standard worthy of publishing, that's impostor syndrome. Hang around, absorb the knowledge, learn how to compete.

[N]ot to mention the single biggest problem I don't have a problem in hand, many students get handed problems by their advisors, only later do they identify their own problems.

Look in the mirror, ask yourself, do I want to do research? If the answer is yes, go learn how to do it. Don't worry about not being able today.

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    Your comment really helped me .. Thank you its really reassuring ... I think I m trying to think large all of a sudden , maybe taking baby concrete steps eventually will help me – Yash Singhal Oct 8 '20 at 13:10

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