Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 108. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2020-06-13 20:52:46+00:00 From: Dr. Herbert Wender
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.105: notation, software and mathematics Dear HUMANISTs, I'm wondering how the discussion of programming techniques to build frequency lists or concordances could evolve if we would take into account the point which Bill Benzon [in Humanist 34.100] has taken from a paper by Laszlo Lovasz: "an algorithm is to be distinguished from its implementation". IMHO this affects a bit at least the question of efficiency. Sequential traversing a tree-structured text and running through an unstructured textual string are both less effective in searching for an arbitrary page of text in a document instance, compared with solutions providing an index of page numbers (resp. indexing the milestones which hold the page numbers). And how could we avoid the backfall into the old controversy about OHCO if we would take into account the reminder of Bill Pascoe [Humanist 33.713: tree- diagrams] who pointed to Deleuze/Guattari's critique of hierarchical thinking in the line of Aristotle and Avicenna and to Eco's "Kant and the Platypus"? We could look at the history of information & library science (post-coordinating classification systems) and at the history of computer science (database management systems). Why the relational approach was so overwhelmingly successful over the previous hierarchical and network structured databases? And can we go from such reflections back to Backus' dream of an 'algebra of programs', handling the universe of structures to be observed in the universes of discourse? Regards, Herbert _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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