Didier Ruedin writes:
Here’s something I’ve been wondering for a while, and I thought your blog might be the right place to get the views from a wider group, too. How would you describe that feeling when—after going through the theory, collecting data, specifying the model, perhaps debugging the code—you hit enter and get the first results (of a new study) on your screen?
I find this quite an exciting moment in research, somehow akin making a (silly) bet with a friend, but at the same time more serious as I’m wagering (part) of my view how the world functions.
Anyhow, I thought it could be interesting to hear from others how they feel in that moment.
For me it’s often an anticlimax, in that once I’ve gone through all the effort to successfully fit a model, then I have to go through another long set of steps to understand what I have in front of me. Every once in awhile the results just jump out and are exciting, but usually it takes a lot of work to see what I’m looking for. Then when I finally find it, I can often step back and reformulate the problem more directly.
Anyway, what do all of you think?