Ugh, I hate simplification.

# Thread: Ugh, I hate simplification.

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## Ugh, I hate simplification.

Most you guys know I&#039;m doing a uni course in the evenings. Quite fun in some respects, but I&#039;m sitting here doing an AI assignment.<BR><BR>Related to beer, which is always a good excuse for having one in my hand whilst working ;-)<BR><BR>Am sitting here writing out the "rules" under which this all functions, and the physics-student side of me is cringing at these "assumptions" I&#039;m having to write in:<BR><BR>2. The relative density of the grain is 1.0.<BR>3. The time taken to pour the water and grain into the tun is linear, and is not affected by the relative ratio of water to grain.<BR>5. Time taken for each manual step of the process is negligible, and is not included in designs.<BR>8. The process is a closed system, and external factors such as ambient room temperature and/or degredation of equipment are either negligible or do not exist.<BR><BR>Yeah, I know they&#039;re not in order - they&#039;re just some of the best ones.<BR><BR>Craig.

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## Hey, I won a prize once doing that!

An electrical engineering contest.<BR><BR>Given *pages* of specifications, including formulae for loss in transmission lines as a function of wire size and distance, etc., etc.<BR><BR>So I just said the heck with all that crap and assume zero losses and zero costs. And it took me maybe 20 minutes to discover that even *WITH* no losses, et al., the project was impossible/impractical. Took me another 20 minutes to convince myself I was right. So I handed in my answer and left the room. It was maybe 30 minutes before the next person joined me. <BR><BR>So sometimes it&#039;s good to check feasibility by ignoring the details before you go overboard.<BR><BR>[I know, I know, probably doesn&#039;t apply in this situation. But still...]<BR><BR>

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## RE: Hey, I won a prize once doing that!

This is the other way around though.<BR><BR>Trouble is that I&#039;m having to write all those specifications in so that I can produce like 200 lines of CLIPS code. Gees this stuff is ugly.<BR><BR>Craig.

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## Meant to tack onto that...

...that it&#039;s midnight and I&#039;m giving up ;-)<BR><BR>Well, not giving up. It&#039;s done to an extent that I can take it to work and tweak it at lunch before I hand it in.<BR><BR>Craig.

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