When You’re Debugging And Your Program Finally Compiles…

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Algorithms to Live By | The Answer To So Many Questions In Life: 37%

One of my favorite dilemma’s: when do you stop?  How much time do you invest in exploration before you execute in order to maximize ROI?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimal_stopping
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_problem

I’ve been reading a book that addresses this problem from a computer science perspective:

Algorithms To Live By

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“Imagine you’re searching for an apartment in San Francisco, new listings go up and come down within minutes, open houses are mobbed, and often the keys end up in the hands of whoever can physically foist a deposit check on the landlord first.  The would-be San Franciscan has to decide instantly either way: you can take the apartment you are currently looking at, forsaking all others, or you can walk away, never to return.  The more information you gather, the better you’ll know the right opportunity when you see it—but the more likely you are to have already passed it by.  So what do you do?  Fortunately, there’s an answer.”

The Drake Equation

The Drake Equation:

Used to calculate the statistical probability of extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy theoretically able to communicate with us.

When people speak of a beautiful equation, I don’t know if this counts, but it’s certainly interesting.

Drake Equation

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