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The ants and the pheromones (acolyer.org)
14 points by eternalban 12 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 3 comments

A friend of mine developed a more efficient version of RANSAC and named it ANTSAC [1] which basically follows the same biological motivation (ants that follow similar paths based on pheromone information). In the case of ANTSAC it tries to optimize the next sample guesstimation.

[1] http://www.cogsys.cs.uni-tuebingen.de/forschung/terminiert/A...

Thanks for posting this interesting link - these kind of old-skool AI algorithms like ant colony optimisation don't crop up in HN very often nowadays :)

> our own brains keep track of rewards using dopamine [...] the reward equation includes a decay or ‘forgetting’ parameter, so what happens if you disrupt established solutions for long enough that their hold is broken?

If the author is reading, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about how people with ADHD cope. We have limited dopamine absorption and our forgetting parameter can be a lot more fussy.

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