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## All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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• #### Hmm...(Score:2)

I'll probably call it autonomous programming, or even proof-assisted programming.
• #### Re:Hmm...(Score:1)

Genetic algorithms, and also perhaps other relaxation / constraint techniques like the Simplex method of Linear programming?
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• #### Re:Hmm...(Score:1)

> Genetic algorithms, and also perhaps other
> relaxation / constraint techniques like the
> Simplex method of Linear programming?

The only thing I know about linear programming is that my grad-student friend is taking a course in it and he's working his ass off... :-)

Genetic algorithms are an interesting idea for this control style. My thinking (and my toy implementation [luqui.org]) was that you would specify a class of functions, and it would find which function in that class that mapped a given input to a given output. But it could be argued that that's just logic programming (find me function objects that satisfy the constraint that they map this input to this output). Genetic algorithms take a bunch of inputs and outputs and try to find the most general function that covers all of them, which seems closer to the mark, in that it is farther from logic programming. Genetic algorithms are a specific "solution method" to this style of problem. I wonder what the others are...