This paper is a survey article to review the Cauchy problem for the generalized KdV equation with low-degree of nonlinearity. In , the local well-posedness for the equation is established in an appropriate class under a non-degenerate condition for the initial data. In this paper, we give a lower bound estimate for the lifespan of the solution under the condition as a consequence of the contraction principle. The lifespan depends on the size and a quantity corresponding to the distance from zero of the initial data.
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