For Pabrai, investing is not an originality contest. He shamelessly appropriates the ideas of others. For example, he lifted the structure of his fund directly from the Buffett partnerships of the 1950s. His primary source of investment ideas? The 13F SEC filings from other value managers he admires: Berkshire, Longleaf, Baupost, Greenlight, Pershing Square, Third Avenue, etc. He cites the University of Nevada study by Martin and Puthenpurackal showing how merely investing alongside Warren Buffett (after information about Berkshire's buys and sells became public) managed to beat the market by 11% a year over a 31-year period.
In the old days any well-trained security analyst could do a good professional job of selecting undervalued securities through detailed studies, but in the light of the enormous amount of research now being carried on, I doubt whether in most cases such extensive efforts will generate sufficiently superior selections to justify their cost.