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What is Combinatorial Optimization?

Why you need have no fear of being “optimized” And what does it have to do with jobs? Optimization just means “finding the best”, and the word `combinatorial’ is just a six syllable way of saying that the problem involves … Continue reading

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Points of View Power and Influence Structures The Role of Requirements Analysis in Social Technology What is combinatorial optimization? What has it to do with jobs? Comparison with Nanotechnolgy Acronymic language Impedance Eigenvectors and Archetypes Academia Feasibility Social Filtering Linearity … Continue reading

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video recomender system

The Video Store Example There are two main problem that have bothered people in the past when I have tried to explain my views  about social technology and social network optimization to friends and family. One problem is that the … Continue reading

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Bootstrapping Society

a philosophically troubling case of recursion So, (rather a leap here, I’m afraid) computers may help a bit, at least in bootstrapping the process, but in the long run they are rather irrelevant: too non-linear at present, and in the … Continue reading

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What (was) New

(circa 1998) I am trying to expand my collection of web pages to include other topics, such as computer programming languages, operating systems, and politics , and will add such links occasionally — so please check back here from time … Continue reading

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Web Interface — Analysis and Design

This post was an old page which provided a brief analysis and design sketch for the web interface to be provided for the prototype software discussed on these pages. (As of 2013, I am focusing on speech and facial recognition … Continue reading

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Term Extraction from Parallel Texts

One way to specify precise meanings is to use two words instead of one.   ‘Hide’ might mean a skin or ‘to conceal’.  ‘Skin’ might mean a piece of leather or ‘to flay’, to remove the skin of an animal. … Continue reading

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The Real Plan

So far, the only plan is this: Put everything that has been done so far on the web. Beg for people’s help on every page Appeal to the greed of the greedy who might see the commercial potential Appeal to … Continue reading

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Can It Work?

Some problems are easy, some far to difficult.  Can we actually create software which will do what is necessary? The most important distinction goes under the name “Inverse Problems”, which will be the title of a web page soon. This … Continue reading

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Traveling Salesman Approximations

Approximation algorithms for huge instances of the Traveling Salesman Problem This page is now obsolete, but may be of some interest. What it says is not wrong, it is just out of context, missing the key information about why this … Continue reading

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