May 25, 2010

Keeping simple is a robust optimization

Filed under: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science — dvd @ 2:59 pm

A good design is approximately optimal. When a reasonable probabilistic model is available, the design can be optimized in expectation: flight delays should be rare, e-mails should arrive within seconds, and buildings should protect from elements and provide comfort on most days of the year. But a single disaster can cause big trouble.


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