I just can't seem to stop programming, can I? The last few days I've been making another vector quantization program. Hey, you already did that, you'll say.. but this one uses SSIM
(rather than just using plain old RMS error) to measure how good it's at guessing. Lots of trickery is involved because of the costly Gaussian convolution needed by SSIM at each step.. and there are 32768 steps for every single VQ block so it adds up really quickly!
And this was after I told myself I should rest because that twelve thousand line project had been so demanding. Heh. In a month, I won't be able to understand a single line of that megaproject, just its ideas.
(So I guess I'm write-many-read-once. That's an odd combination.)
I think I'm seeing why overengineered economic/political systems are mostly pointless. It's not the initial condition that matters, its the dynamics. In other words, having a centrally managed tred give a completely accurate labor-value is of little concern if you have a decentralized, self-managing alternative that gives you a 99% correct labor-value; especially if the centralism of the "completely accurate" solution lead to some class aggregating power and turning it against the people.
Or - simple and robust beats brittle and sophisticated.
I also see what Raki meant by "the devil of theoretical economics is in the assumptions". The preconditions for market-based pareto optimum
is a particularily good example, so much that it'd be amusing if it wasn't taken so seriously.