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 thatare not exactly known to be optimal solutions to some criterion and somenot-specified-in-advance function that "picks" one.??? The function is specified in advance, e.g. "triangles" is a function that picksout things with three sides meeting pairwise as three vertices. But I have no ideawhat you mean by "optimality".What does that word mean? Try this fromhttp://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Optimality*1.* (mathematics) *optimal* - Describes a solution to a problem which minimises somecost function. Linear programming<http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Linear+programming> is one technique used todiscover the optimal solution to certain problems.*2.* (programming) *optimal* - Of code: best or most efficient in time, space or codesize.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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