RE: The Prophet of Unintended Consequences
Of interest to the theoreticians out there but otherwise not. As further fodder to the question of simulation aiding decision making (GIGO), consider this paper: "Towards a quantum evolutionary scheme: violating Bell's inequalities in language" Diederik Aerts Marek Czachor http://citebase.eprints.org/cgi-bin/fulltext?format=application/pdf&identifi er=oai:arXiv.org:quant-ph/0407150 Note the emphasis on the collapse of contexts which is a similar notion to probabability collapse given a quantum superposition, and the description of the entanglements (ambiguity in word or sentence meaning) as tensor products. ("amgiguity is to text as a wormhole is to space"). Abduction of ambiguous data is a challenge to intelligence analysts given a source that is actively working to heighten that ambiguity. Thus this model is of possible interest to sigint, ossint and humint. And it's a pretty good model of vaporware and FUD. It also makes a quantum model argument for 'intelligent design' based on superposition/non-actualized entities competing thus giving rise to actualized lifeforms and explaining the fossil record gaps. I leave that one only with the comment that it should make some intelligent design pundits quite uncomfortable as they consider its implications but is a real boon to the demons-in-games-and-movies industry. :-) Back to XML Reality: The entanglements model is applicable to the abduction/induction phase of the intelligence-building feedback model. The application of quantum logic is revealing. Note that the DTD/Schema is a means to state a context with some complexity curve that could be analogous to the Zipf-Mandelbrot criteria (but I am speculating on that one). Note that the construction of the context is itself filtered by the schema author, thus, non-kolmogorovian itself, and even not taking into account the author, varies given the analysis approach to typicality (eg, analysing a set of examples or exemplars and deriving a typicality or a prototype). Once done, for some process in phase space, the schema collapses the shape of the formal vector space for documents conforming to it. Exceptions (non-valid to some degree of validity) are decision points for modification of that space, and are likely quantum processes as well. The questions one asks in a blind message exchange is if a schema exists which can be applied, the problems resulting from choosing the wrong schema, or a near fit given some set of actions that result on acceptance or rejection of the message. Simulation can be useful in this situation (if overkill for most examples). Note that this thread can be linked topically by this reference to the earlier thread on Latent Semantic Indexing and Vector Models for search and classification/ontology-building. These in turn relate back to earlier works on information ecosystems as emerging from a taxon-formation process. Happy Brain Numbing, len "I will now proceed to entangle the entire area." - David Crosby
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