Simple and heuristic optimization

June 29, 2012 | arthur charpentier

This week, at the Rmetrics conference, there has been an interesting discussion about heuristic optimization. The starting point was simple: in complex optimization problems (here we mean with a lot of local maxima, for instance), we do not ne... [Read more...]

EU rules that computer languages cannot be copyrighted

May 2, 2012 | Derek-Jones

The European Court of Justice has published its decision in SAS v WPL; the title of the press release says it all “The functionality of a computer program and the programming language cannot be protected by copyright”. To summarise the background, World Programming Ltd developed a system that was capable ... [Read more...]

Variations in the literal representation of Pi

March 11, 2010 | Derek-Jones

The numbers system I am developing attempts to match numeric literals contained in a file against a database of interesting numbers. One of the things I did to quickly build a reasonably sized database of reliable values was to extract numeric literals from a few well known programs that I ...
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