Re: Marcus Hutter's 50'000 Prize for Compressing Human Knowledge

From: Joel Pitt (
Date: Mon Aug 14 2006 - 23:11:14 MDT

On 8/15/06, Michael Anissimov <> wrote:
> See
> Summary: "Being able to compress well is closely related to
> intelligence. While intelligence is a slippery concept, file sizes are
> hard numbers. Wikipedia is an extensive snapshot of Human Knowledge.
> If you can compress the first 100MB of Wikipedia better than your
> predecessors, you(r compressor) likely has to be smart(er). The
> intention of this prize is to encourage development of intelligent
> compressors/programs."

Anyone interesteded should note that the prize isn't quite as good as it sounds.

The actual prize is:


where S is the size you compress it to and

L = 18'324'887 = previous record

with a minimum claim of 500 (a 1% improvement)

"Wish not to seem, but to be, the best."
                -- Aeschylus

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