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Subject: Re: Zappa Report

Author: Vincent Diepeveen

Date: 10:40:15 12/31/05

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On December 30, 2005 at 13:02:43, Ingo Althofer wrote:

Ingo, how do you plan to *ever* win a tournament with a limited amount of
parameters?

Vincent

>Thanks for the nice and insightful report!
>
>Zappa wrote:
>> ... People have wondered for months now why Fruit is so
>> strong.  My opinion is that he simply has so few parameters
>> to tune that he can get them exactly right :)
>
>One comment on this: You should not see this as a joke.
>It is one of the best arts to find the right SMALL set of
>parameters and to tune them.
>
>Some 12 years ago I had a technical article on this
>("On telescoping linear evaluation functions") in the
>ICCA Journal (now ICGA Jornal), Vol 16 (June 1993),
>pp. 91-94, describing a theorem (of existence) which says
>that in case of linear evaluation functions with lots
>of terms there is always a small subset of the terms
>such that this set with the right parameters is
>almost as good as the full evaluation function.
>
>Ingo Althofer.
>
>PS: In motor biking Valentino Rossi is the
>superstar, for several years already. One of
>the secrets of his success is that he does not
>try to tune everything at his engine - but
>concentrates on the right handful of parameters.



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