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Algorithms to Live By

Algorithms to Live By

by Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths

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BRIAN CHRISTIAN, TOM GRIFFITHS

Inaction is just as irrevocable as action.

BRIAN CHRISTIAN, TOM GRIFFITHS

Instead of thinking about only the next decision you will make, think about all of the decisions you are going to make about the same options in the future.

BRIAN CHRISTIAN, TOM GRIFFITHS

The right action can produce a bad outcome. Process is all we have control over, not results.

Optimal Stopping

When you are hiring, scouting houses to buy, options to consider — when should you stop looking?

You stop looking too early, you don’t know if someone better isn’t going to come along. You stop too late, you might have passed on the best candidate already.

Mathematically — you...

When should you be exploring new options and when should you start settling for the best option you already know? Consider these concepts: 

  • Regret Minimisation Framework: When you look back on your life when you’re 80, what will you regret least?

Sorting

Sorting is one of the most fundamental problems that computers are solving for us

  • Bubble sort + Insertion sort: when you put the book in alphabetically against a shelf of books, there is a billion different permutations and options
  • Mergesort: when you compare two sets against e...

Is a crucial part of computers, human memory, as well as organizing data or your papers on your desk.

  • Random eviction: is not half bad, as the most important things keep getting back in
  • First In, First Out (FIFO): it’s essentially a queue kicki...

The Human Mind

The human mind does not run out of space, storage is unlimited, but the problem is one of organization. We have an infinite capacity for memories, but we have only a finite amount of time in which to search for them.

Researchers showed that by accumulat...

Seizing the day and seizing a lifetime are two entirely different endeavors.

When balancing favorite experiences and new ones, nothing matters more than the interval over which we plan to enjoy them. The interval makes the strategy.

By observing the strategy we can also infer...

Scheduling

Scheduling is a fundamental productivity problem.

School of thoughts:

  • Getting Things Done: immediately do any task of two minutes or less once it comes to mind
  • Eat that Frog: beginning with the most difficult task
  • The Now ...

Too much information, options, and research are harmful.

There is wisdom in deliberately thinking less and settling for second-best solutions.

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Compelling and entertaining, Algorithms to Live By is packed with practical advice about how to use time, space, and effort more efficiently. And it's a fascinating exploration of the workings of computer science and the human mind

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