Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The universal decay of collective memory and attention

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The universal decay of collective memory and attention

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AbstractCollective memory and attention are sustained by two channels: oral communication (communicative memory) and the physical recording of information (cultural memory). Here, we use data on the citation of academic articles and patents, and on the online attention received by songs, movies and biographies, to describe the temporal decay of the attention received by cultural…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found | Quanta Magazine

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found | Quanta Magazine

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algorithmsByKevin HartnettAugust 13, 2018The nearest neighbor problem asks where a new point fits in to an existing data set. A few researchers set out to prove that there was no universal way to solve it. Instead, they found such a way.If you were opening a coffee shop, there’s a question you’d want answered: Where’s the…