Today's post, Underconstrained Abstractions was originally published on 04 December 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


The problem with selecting abstractions is that for your data, there are probably lots of abstractions that fit the data equally well. In that case, we need some other way to decide which abstractions are useful.

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