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Hi All,

To do math, of course every one always finds some interesting problems and then try to solve them and then publish them as articles. In particular, in doing PhD, thesis advisors normally give some problems to students. But I would like to ask a general question that "How can one find problems?". It is particularly useful for beginning graduate students (like me) without having research experience to find out some problems for her/him.

Thanks you all in advance for sharing your research experiences.

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If one is a research student, then that is what the supervisor is for – Yemon Choi Nov 17 '11 at 19:55
it's the problem who finds you – Pietro Majer Nov 17 '11 at 20:26
(trivial hints: ask your advisor, go to conferences and seminars, read articles, talk with people). – Pietro Majer Nov 17 '11 at 20:31
The amount o low hanging fruit in mathematics is just enormous. The volume of current mathematics is low, but the surface area is huge. – Steven Gubkin Nov 17 '11 at 20:33
In Soviet Russia, you don't find a problem... sorry – David Roberts Nov 18 '11 at 0:30