[SEQ RERUN] Worse Than Random

by MinibearRex 1 min read22nd Oct 20128 comments


Today's post, Worse Than Random was originally published on 11 November 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


If a system does better when randomness is added into its processing, then it must somehow have been performing worse than random. And if you can recognize that this is the case, you ought to be able to generate a non-randomized system.

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