Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Data scientist in real estate and econometrics. Blogger. Speaker. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

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  • 2011/01/05 at 12:46 pm

    I particularly like your example of random palindrome generation as a way to generate large amounts of complex specified information rapidly. I’d thought of randomly generating strings in a context-free language more complicated than the one you chose: a subset of the set of grammatical English sentences.

    ID creationists now say that your example is inadequate because “palindrome” does not specify a function. I think it would be fairly easy to respond with an example from genetic programming. That is, the evolved programs perform a function with a compact specification, but are themselves often long. GP practitioners attempt to prevent “bloat” of programs, but one could instead promote it.

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