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September 11, 2008

Evolutionary Computation Solves Century-Old Algebra Problem

Professor Lee Spector and others at Hampshire College used evolutionary computation "to solve a century-old algebra problem far faster and more efficiently than any past efforts of humans or machines." The problem involved finding formulas useful for designing electronic switching circuits. Although previous solutions had been found, such methods resulted in formulas that were so large that they were useless in practice. In contrast, Professor Spector's evolutionary computation-based technique found useful formulas containing fewer than 300 characters in a few hours of computing time.

Posted by Robert at September 11, 2008 7:32 PM
category: Artificial Invention

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