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CATEGORY: Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability Essay Contest (2019-2020) [back]
TOPIC: The illusion of structure or insufficiency of approach? the un(3) of unruly problems by Bradly John Alicea [refresh]
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Author Bradly John Alicea wrote on Mar. 20, 2020 @ 14:05 GMT
Essay Abstract

The ability to formalize problems in a quantitative manner is the key to predictive power. We characterize a lack of formality as unruliness, relate unruliness as a property of un(3) (undecidability, uncomputability, and unpredictability), and define a class of problems which even when well-posed remain highly informal in nature. Despite this lack of formalism, systems represented by these problems still exhibit significant structure. We call this class of problems hard-to-represent, and are characterized by the difficulties of quantification and symbolization, as well as the inherent un-physicality of a system. A significant part of this difficulty involves both finding the proper metaphor for such systems and a method for analyzing the system components. To counter these difficulties, we propose a new analytical paradigm called perceptual analysis, which brings an umbrella of diverse approaches to bear. These include neural-inspired modeling, visualization-based feature selection, and soft computation, which provide an alternate means to quantify features and discover structure in a manner that is less dependent on traditional mathematical presumptions.

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Bradly Alicea, Jesse Parent, and Ankit Gupta are all collaborators at the Orthogonal Research and Education Lab. As head of the group, Bradly has a PhD from Michigan State University and an interdisciplinary background with a diverse set of interests. Jesse and Ankit are post-bac and undergraduate scholars, respectively, with interests spanning Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Complex Systems, and Artificial Intelligence. Check out Orthogonal Lab on the web: http://orthogonal-research.weebly.com

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 21, 2020 @ 02:53 GMT
Dear Professor Bradly John Alicea,

Wonderful essay please. Your words................Aside from complex systems that are hard to quantify, there are also classes of complex systems that are inherently difficult to symbolize. In the context of a complex system, symbols include mathematical objects such as numbers, operators, and representations of selected features and processes................

There are good similarities with my essay. This is only one instant , but there are many...

Hope you will have a look at it “A properly deciding, Computing and Predicting new theory’s Philosophy”

Best Regards

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Vladimir Nikolaevich Fedorov wrote on May. 16, 2020 @ 10:19 GMT
Dear Professor Bradly John Alicea

Glad to read your work again.

I greatly appreciated your work and discussion. I am very glad that you are not thinking in abstract patterns.

"The ability to formalize problems in a quantitative manner is the key to predictive power".

While the discussion lasted, I wrote an article: “Practical guidance on calculating resonant frequencies at four levels of diagnosis and inactivation of COVID-19 coronavirus”, due to the high relevance of this topic. The work is based on the practical solution of problems in quantum mechanics, presented in the essay FQXi 2019-2020 “Universal quantum laws of the universe to solve the problems of unsolvability, computability and unpredictability”.

I hope that my modest results of work will provide you with information for thought.

Warm Regards, `

Vladimir

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George Gantz wrote on May. 17, 2020 @ 01:30 GMT
Authors -

You have written an interesting essay - I hope you get more readers and scores! I think you have offered some excellent ideas about problem clarification - which can go a long way to improving the practical search for solutions to complex problems.

I do not believe, however, that such methods will address the fundamental challenges posed by the un3 difficulties. If you want a quick introduction, and a novel approach to addressing them by assessing the autonoetic features of consciousness and reality, then you might enjoy my modest effort.

Cheers - George Gantz: The Door That Has No Key: https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3494

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