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What to do when research leads to poor results?

I am an MSc graduate and work as an independent researcher. I spent 10 months on a paper. I wrote many scripts in Matlab to implement four other comparative methods as well as a new method that my MSc ...
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What to do with negative research outcomes (results) of PhD research experiment?

It is an expectation that the PhD would make an original contribution and/or advance knowledge in a given field. I understand this is a universal assumption for this level of study across all ...
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3answers
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Do we ever, in a research paper, mention methods we tried but did not get a satisfactory result?

I have been working on an application where we have tried two alternative methods. Both methods are used for the same purpose, but the first one had several problems. Despite getting results we had to ...
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What if my research does not give the expected results?

I'm working on my Computer Science thesis. I have a two solution proposals until this moment, and I've been wondering about the following: Sometimes you know that if you implement it correctly, it ...
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2answers
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Have researchers any incentive to publish negative or confirmatory results?

Negative results are sometimes seen as failures, and confirmatory results as lack of creativity, even though both kinds can be useful. Have researchers any incentive to publish negative or ...
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3answers
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Is publishing a journal article covering failed attempts a good idea?

I am currently doing some research on an algorithm that may (or may not) end up being slower than other similar algorithms. The idea behind it seems solid although it will probably not be as fast as ...
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2answers
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Is it acceptable for an undergraduate researcher to ask to work on a project that will yield publishable results?

I am currently a summer student working on a project suggested by my supervisor. While the project will not directly result in any publication, it will open up avenues for further research for the ...
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1answer
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Where can I publish failed research directions?

Suppose I work on a difficult open problem, try several directions that haven't been tried before, work for several weeks on these directions, but finally reach a dead end. Is there a way I can ...
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1answer
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Can I count on “future works” ideas in a paper to work?

Can I count on paper future work or not? in order to work on that for my master thesis. I have a paper and its implementation. and I work on that for some months. This paper belong to 2013 and the ...
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Publishing approaches that do not outperform the state of the art on the field [duplicate]

In the papers I usually read, it is common to present a new idea or an optimization of an existing idea that outperforms the known approches in the field. Can a paper reporting that a new Idea or ...