Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Right you are, Ken!
"Using a highly simplified language, we might state at this point that adaptive algorithms are nothing but iterative search algorithms derived for minimizing the underlying cost function with the true statistics replaced by their estimates obtained in some manner."

Chapter 5, Search Methods - B. Farhang-Boroujeny
"In nondualistic maintenance gumption isn't a fixed commodity. It's variable, a reservoir of good spirits that can be added to or subtracted from. Since it's a result of the perception of Quality, a gumption trap, consequently, can be defined as anything that causes one to lose sight of Quality, and thus lose one's enthusiasm for what one is doing. As one might guess from a definition as broad as this, the field is enormous and only a beginning sketch can be attempted here."

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, R. M. Pirsig