Intelligent Design in Action: Optimization

In the past we’ve discussed several sciences that rely on principles of intelligent design: among them, archaeology, forensics, cryptology, informatics, SETI and SEETI, and more. Now a paper describing a remarkable achievement offers the opportunity to explore another: optimization. The paper by University of Washington machine-learning researchers Abram Friesen and Pedro Domingos is well described in a UW news item. Jennifer Langston defines optimization and tells how useful the field is. The key to solving many of the most important problems in business, science and technology lies in optimization — finding the values for variables that give you the highest benefit. Whether those are which stocks to buy, which search results to return, what best predicts the outcome of the next presidential election or which amino acids to string together…


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