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Maybe we should try to recreate your scenario here at ET.  Might be doable.  What do you think?  Generate our own data.  See what it looks like.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:22:23 AM EST
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<paging Migeru> Where's the previous thread on this? Any ideas?

Actually, I wouldn't mind modelling that.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:25:34 AM EST
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Far fucking out!  Let's do it!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:31:21 AM EST
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Look at the Bak/Sneppen model.

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:36:56 AM EST
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when you talk DIRTY!  MORE!  MORE!  :)

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:40:09 AM EST
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Why?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:40:14 AM EST
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What exactly is it we're trying to model?

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:43:58 AM EST
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Just one thing.  Let's make sure we're not reinventing the wheel.  Someone should do a library search to see what's already been done in this area.  Doesn't mean we won't do our bit.  It's always good to learn from others' mistakes.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 09:34:31 AM EST
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You're the weirdest scoutmaster I ever came across ;-)

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Oct 17th, 2008 at 04:13:15 PM EST
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