On 5/29/2012 11:12 PM, Stephen P. King wrote:
The point is is that what ever the choice is, there are ab initio alternatives that are not exactly known to be optimal solutions to some criterion and some not-specified-in-advance function that "picks" one.

??? The function is specified in advance, e.g. "triangles" is a function that picks out things with three sides meeting pairwise as three vertices. But I have no idea what you mean by "optimality".

What does that word mean? Try this from http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Optimality

*1.* (mathematics) *optimal* - Describes a solution to a problem which minimises some cost function. Linear programming <http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Linear+programming> is one technique used to discover the optimal solution to certain problems. *2.* (programming) *optimal* - Of code: best or most efficient in time, space or code size.

    Is that helpful?

No. It doesn't explain what a "solution to a critereon" would be, much less by what measure such a solution might be "optimal".


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