Research a la Yong Tau Foo

Yong Tau Foo

Yong Tau Foo

This is Yong Tau Foo, a Hakka Chinese dish. Singapore’s Yong Tau Foo stalls usually let the customers choose what kind of items and soup that they want. Available items include, but not limited to, tofu, egg, prawn, sausage, fishcake, cucumber, cabbage, eggplant and carrot. Commonly found types of soup include…well, regular soup, pork rib soup, and tom yam soup (at least those are what I find in Canteen B NTU). People usually eat it with either rice or noodle.

Now, I’m wondering whether we can have similar paradigm in doing research. We pick several distinct theories and combine them to solve our problem. I have ever seen evolution theory-based motion planning, spectral-based formation keeping and particle system-based crowd simulation, so maybe we can take this approach to a more extreme level and have, as I suggested to a friend of mine, a Marxist electrical power distribution.

12 Responses to “Research a la Yong Tau Foo”


  1. 1 bima 10/10/2009 at 1:57 AM

    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  2. 2 fikri 10/10/2009 at 2:06 AM

    First impression: I’m hungry (because of that picture) and thirsty (I need pokka oolong tea) now.

    Well.. so.. We pick the theories based on our problem? or we choose the theories first, than choose the problem? (or even make a new problem??) If you use Yong Tau Foo (or whatever) philosophy, probably the second one, huh?๐Ÿ˜†

    Anyway, a unique idea today can be a miracle in the future.

    P.S. If I propose your suggestion as my research, my advisor may be surprised.

  3. 3 jensen99 10/10/2009 at 2:39 AM

    Err.. I prefer Chicken Soto..๐Ÿ™„

  4. 4 sora9n 10/10/2009 at 3:09 AM

    Well, my degree is somewhat cross-culture between many disciplines, so I’m getting a kick… ^^;

    AFAIK, some researcher-cum-lecturers at my place often work with multi-elements problem-solving (i.e. like what you propose). It ranges from common things like “Jaringan Syaraf Tiruan” programming to something more-obscure like acoustic tomography… (they usually use capacitors for it, but then there is that idea of using sounds instead), etc.

    One interesting thing to note, this isn’t limited only to research purpose — students are also taught to use such methodology in tests (!). Like, there is electric-resistance analogy to solve heat transfer problems. Or how to apply fluid-mechanics vector-calculus in electromagnetism. But sadly, as a lazy as I am, I never get total grasp of ’em — you’d better ask the cleverer of my classmates for details.๐Ÿ˜„

    * * *

    So, my 2 cents: if you’d like to have cross-field problem-solving, you may want to have a chat with engineering-physicists. They’re pretty much drilled in doing that IMHO.๐Ÿ˜• But obviously not me

  5. 5 Jack Kurotsuchi 10/10/2009 at 7:42 AM

    my discipline’s just like a tool, so yes, i can pick several theories anc combined them to be a scientific research using my discipline. but hey, i’m outta the way right now and then. learning how to make some strategic plannings related to the business development is in my head and hands for now. and still, i should put some theories and also facts in field to make an analysis which will gain us some profits for the next several years (like u already knew, i’m in a private company where profit is the heart of the business :P). this isnt a research nor a related-topic with what you wrote upside, but i put some different stuff to make an analysis as a conclusion, and yeah, it quite fun๐Ÿ˜Ž

    P.S
    iku rasane podho karo soto ayam biasa, brur? opo bumbune beda?

  6. 6 lambrtz 10/10/2009 at 11:16 AM

    @bima
    Hey dude, the focus is on the research, not the food.:mrgreen:

    @fikri
    Eh be careful loh, maybe not halal.๐Ÿ˜›

    Well.. so.. We pick the theories based on our problem? or we choose the theories first, than choose the problem? (or even make a new problem??) If you use Yong Tau Foo (or whatever) philosophy, probably the second one, huh? ๐Ÿ˜†

    Weel, I think the traditional approach is problem first, so what if we make it theories first and try to solve any problem with it?๐Ÿ˜›

    P.S. If I propose your suggestion as my research, my advisor may be surprised.

    It doesn’t need to be Marxist. You can have, for example, capitalism if you’d like, or something like “Electrical power distribution based on Rangga Warsita’s Serat Kalatida”.๐Ÿ˜›

    @jensen99
    Oh well, soto is scarce here! We used to have a soto stall in NTU, but it was closed due to management problem, they said.
    Soto Lamongan & soto sulung FTW.๐Ÿ˜€

    @Sora9n

    One interesting thing to note, this isnโ€™t limited only to research purpose โ€” students are also taught to use such methodology in tests (!). Like, there is electric-resistance analogy to solve heat transfer problems. Or how to apply fluid-mechanics vector-calculus in electromagnetism. But sadly, as a lazy as I am, I never get total grasp of โ€˜em โ€” youโ€™d better ask the cleverer of my classmates for details.๐Ÿ˜„

    Now this is interesting.๐Ÿ˜€

    So, my 2 cents: if youโ€™d like to have cross-field problem-solving, you may want to have a chat with engineering-physicists. Theyโ€™re pretty much drilled in doing that IMHO.

    Well, they say that interdisciplinary research is the current trend. We should seek for doing collaborations with people from different backgrounds. And guess what kind of people I am working with: military.๐Ÿ˜†

    @Jack Kurotsuchi (now with Jack?? If it refers to Jack Sparrow, I thought you said that he was “melambai”๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜› )

    my disciplineโ€™s just like a tool, so yes, i can pick several theories anc combined them to be a scientific research using my discipline. but hey, iโ€™m outta the way right now and then. learning how to make some strategic plannings related to the business development is in my head and hands for now. and still, i should put some theories and also facts in field to make an analysis which will gain us some profits for the next several years (like u already knew, iโ€™m in a private company where profit is the heart of the business ). this isnt a research nor a related-topic with what you wrote upside, but i put some different stuff to make an analysis as a conclusion, and yeah, it quite fun

    Of course, this is not exclusive to the research domain. You can always draw inspiration from everything and apply the similar concept to any problem you are currently working on.๐Ÿ˜€

    iku rasane podho karo soto ayam biasa, brur? opo bumbune beda?

    Bumbu? Bumbu apa?๐Ÿ˜†
    Rasane tergantung kuahe. Nek duduhe mung sup biasa yo mung koyo banyu bekas nggo ngrebus. Nek tom yam ya kecut pedes ngono. Beda banget karo soto.๐Ÿ˜›

  7. 8 Eon Strife 14/10/2009 at 10:43 PM

    How about this :
    Asexual Jungian Imaginary Nanoparticle with Optimized Hilbert Effect under Prokaryotic Biosynthesis with Lagrangian Quadratic Integration Substitution for C# Major Glucose Methane Disembodiment Crowd Simulation

  8. 9 Eon Strife 14/10/2009 at 10:56 PM

    Another way to do research is use the same idea but with different implementation.
    Now I’m going to write a new article in my blog : “Research ala Cap Cai”

  9. 10 lambrtz 14/10/2009 at 11:02 PM

    ^

    Asexual Jungian Imaginary Nanoparticle with Optimized Hilbert Effect under Prokaryotic Biosynthesis with Lagrangian Quadratic Integration Substitution for C# Major Glucose Methane Disembodiment Crowd Simulation

    …to me, this looks like a suicide attempt.๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜†

    Research a la Cap Cai? Any significant novelty? Otherwise it will only be a small iterative modification with little influence.๐Ÿ˜†


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