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From Mark Thomas <>
Subject Re: [math] Monitoring iterative algorithms
Date Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:04:15 GMT
On 09/08/2011 18:50, Greg Sterijevski wrote:
> I think you hit the nail on the head with the comment:
> "... but also the time to
> experiment. Only the latter will be able to tell if the design is good.
> And this must take time so that all the potential pitfalls can be ..."
> Maybe this is chumming the water with more flotsam and jetsam, but a lot of
> the issues that arise in working out the best design ultimately revert to
> trying out a bunch of deadends [design by monte carlo ;)] The discussion on
> the list [from my rather limited history] seems to try to foresee all
> possible drawbacks with a design. This inevitably devolves into heated
> discussion and diminishing progress.
> Would it be possible to fork the trunk of the source tree to an
> "experimental branch"?

The idea has been around almost as long as the ASF has:


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