RE: "optimization process"

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Thu Jun 03 2004 - 20:42:51 MDT

> On Jun 3, 2004, at 8:24 PM, Ben Goertzel wrote:
> >> Aren't single-goal optimization processes what general
> optimization
> >> processes (e.g., people) built from?
> >
> > Yes, but building *small-scale* single-goal optimization
> processes is
> > a different art from building *large-scale* single-goal
> optimization
> > processes.
> That's an interesting assertion, but I'm not sure
> that I know enough math for you to prove it to me
> right now.

There is no formal mathematical proof of this, so far as I know.

But it seems to be the case that most of the algorithms used in the
human mind are "exponential time" algorithms, which are only rendered
tractable by the fact that they're applied to relatively small problems.

This is basically how Novamente works too. Algorithms which wouldn't
scale to a huge size, are used for small problems, and the solutions to
various small problems are artfully pieced together.

-- Ben G

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