Dragaera

Maximilian Wilson
wilson.max at gmail.com

Fri Nov 11 22:24:20 PST 2005

On 11/11/05, Davdi Silverrock <davdisil at gmail.com> wrote: >On 11/11/05, Jon Lincicum <lincicum at comcast.net> wrote:>>>> However, I would posit that Dragaeran aging is not simply a>> mathematicial formula away from human aging--they just mature at>> different rates and times than we do.>>But that is exactly what a proper mathematical formula decribes!>>It might be a somewhat complicated mathematical formula (so that>perhaps different formulas would be used between different life>stages), or mathematical formulas with some factor that ranges between>certain values, but it should still all come down to math.Kind of, I guess. But describing interacting physical systems is going to involve inventing a lot of new operators and terminology and definitions; you can describe a falling ball's motion with a simple equation, but once it hits a floor and bounces you have to mathematically describe the bouncing and *then* re-run the free-fall equation. To describe it in a single equation you'd need a notation that expresses discontinuities in a function and its several derivatives. Maybe such notations exist, but I don't know them. People seem to be okay with breaking systems up into separate parts, where separate equations apply. Anyway, Dragaeran aging will obviously not really conform to a simplistic formula like my original proposal; which doesn't mean it can't be a decent approximation for *expressing* equivalent ages. >When you have one set of values that goes between 0-100, and another>set of values that goes between 0-3000, and are told that there is a>certain relationship between those values (in this case, age), then a>mathematical formula, with certain accepted limitations, describes>that relationship.A fair point. I might argue that we're less interested in fitting the actual function than in minimizing both error and formula complexity, in a sort of MDL- (Minimum Description Length) ish fashion. Max Wilson -- Be pretty if you are, Be witty if you can, But be cheerful if it kills you.