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Re: Plan for discussions

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Plan for discussions
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 11:49:10 +0200
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Joseph Rushton Wakeling <address@hidden> writes:

> On 14/05/12 09:56, David Kastrup wrote:
>> <URL:>
> Yes, but that wasn't the use-case I had in mind.  The sort of thing I
> was thinking of was:
>     (i) I have a full, complete score, which I have compiled.
>    (ii) I spot a typo (say, an A that should be A-flat).
>   (iii) I correct the wrong note and recompile.  The recompilation process
>         ought to be significantly faster than the original complete-score
>         compilation process, even though a full score is being produced as
>         output.

Tracking the dependencies of every decision made in the output from the
originating data and only restarting the "necessary" dataflow will
significantly slow done compilation.  Self-awareness is computationally
expensive.  A human will prefer working that way.  But even if you are
looking at a supermarket queue with barcode scanner cash registers,
typing in a number on the register for several identical items will only
cause speedups for significantly large numbers.  The brainless way of
doing everything mechanically without shortcuts tends to be rather

David Kastrup

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