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Algorithms Archives - Mark Reynolds

Tag: Algorithms

 

Penny Rounding Problem

A computer rounding problem that I like to call “The Penny Rounding Problem” has been around for many, many years. At least two movies have been made with this problem a core element: The Office, and Superman III. The basic problem is that a column of numbers should add up to the total at the bottom. But they do not. Mark Reynolds is currently at Southwestern Energy where he works in the Fayetteville Shale Drilling group as a Staff DrillingRead More …

Artificial Intelligence vs Algorithms

I first considered aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) in the 1980s while working for General Dynamics as an Avionics Systems Engineer on the F-16. Over the following 3 decades, I continued to follow the concept until I made a realization – AI is just an algorithm. Certainly the goals of AI will one day be reached, but the manifestation metric of AI is not well defined. Mark Reynolds is currently at Southwestern Energy where he works in the Fayetteville Shale DrillingRead More …

Making of a Fly

While watching a TED video about algorithms, mention was made of an unrealistic price on Amazon. Apparently two retailers had an out-of-control computer feedback loop. One company, with lots of good customer points, is in the habit of selling products a little higher than the competition. Anyone’s guess why, but facts are facts – they routinely price merchandise about 25% higher than the competition (and rely on the customer experience points to pull customers away?). Well, the competition routinely prices merchandiseRead More …