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I am writing a Computer Science paper, however my supervisor wants me to describe the methodology in a more general form in the Method section. In the Experimental Setup section I dive into the details. My question is, what is general?

I always assumed that the Method and Experimental Setup were one section were you describe your setup/method in detail.

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  • Quite obviously, the Method section is supposed to describe approaches / methods / techniques without implementation details. On the other hand, the Experimental Setup section is the place where those implementation details belong. Commented May 2, 2016 at 4:38

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The answer to this question depends a little on the field of application.

Method

In fields like computational sciences, this is the section where you describe a set of algorithms to be implemented. In fields like material engineering and life sciences, you describe the general procedure to be followed to solve the problem defined in the problem statement. "General" here refers to more of an overview of your implementation rather than its deeper aspects.

Experimental Setup

This is where you explain the implementation aspects in detail. You describe where and how the algorithms are applied in computation. You depict the use of instruments, apparatus, and other tangible items in material engineering and sciences.

In short, I presume your supervisor wants you to give a brief overview of your implementation in the Method section and would like you to explain it in detail in the Experimental Setup section. However, the level of detail can vary widely among the above sections.

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