# When Research Paper Looks Simple

Usually you’re constrained by length one way and another right so you end up putting as much material in as will fit in the length constraints you’re given and the rest in supplementary material and so I mean a classic example as you state a theorem you may give a brief proof sketch and you say you know the full proof is worked out in detail the supplementary material who can see the code in the supplementary material all days you know much yeah so it’s a trade-off I would but it’s pretty much always constrained by length right what you can fit you probably want anything that’s why all papers always end up hard against the length limit do you keep stuffing stuff in but it’s good to have a an appendix and reference the appendix even if it doesn’t get published you can cite it with a link yeah simplifying something so shouldn’t I shoulder either how difficult it was so they can appreciate how oh yes yes yes this is so the the best ideas are the simple ones and sometimes a paper seems so simple right that the reader thinks well that wasn’t very hard water but a silly paper of hey that’s your that’s always your worry right. Look at some research papers and improve yours with Edusson.

So you might want to show them the awful chopped up limbs of the previous people who wandered into the the alley so it’s that’s actually quite difficult right because it’s um because because it falls straight into this trap of saying well I’m going to show you something simple but he reversed complicated things that I tried so it’s probably more convincing if you say he reversed complicated ways that other people tried but you can go and read their paper but I’m going to give you a much simpler way of tackling maybe not exactly the same problem but I found a way to recast the problem so that it does have a simple solution but I I would urge you probably not as a first approximation not to drag them through the complications or maybe illustrate a complication or something say you know this is just a show how bad it could be if we didn’t do that something like that yeah ok.

Let’s see yes so intuition and examples all right and and the even if you skip the details you take away something valuable this is a good lesson to take from a paper it’s also a good lesson to think about when you read somebody else’s paper if I you know I’ve left this paper I’ve only read half of it have I taken anything away or was it an investment that is essentially yielded me nothing because I didn’t actually have enough stamina to get to the real payload doesn’t mean you want to do this sort of gradual thing of always offering something conveying intuition is primary I keep talking about examples so instead of starting with let’s see what was this.