[Link] Research as a Stochastic Decision Process

by arikr 3mo10th Sep 20191 min read5 comments

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https://cs.stanford.edu/~jsteinhardt/ResearchasaStochasticDecisionProcess.html

Via Gwern.

In this post I will talk about an approach to research (and other projects that involve high uncertainty) that has substantially improved my productivity. Before implementing this approach, I made little research progress for over a year; afterwards, I completed one project every four months on average. Other changes also contributed, but I expect the ideas here to at least double your productivity if you aren't already employing a similar process.

Many EA type activities could benefit from this framework!