[r-t] Big searches

Don Morrison dfm at ringing.org
Thu Dec 27 18:47:17 UTC 2007

Mark Davies wrote:
> Not exactly sure why I didn't just say, "Disappointingly, no better 
> compositions have been found *since* the one discovered about 0.1% of the 
> way in".

Were that to happen with something I was working on I believe my thinking would 
go something like "That's surprising. I suppose it *might* be that the order in 
which my search is doing things happened to go down the best route early, but it 
does seem unlikely. I wonder if maybe it's a bug in my code? I think I'll try 
restarting the search with things reordered so that that optimum thing it found 
early it finds a little later, to see if all behaves as I expect." But maybe I'm 
just paranoid. Or more frequently sloppy.

Don Morrison <dfm at ringing.org>
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