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
*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
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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