[EM] Seven +/- Two

Richard Moore rmoore4 at home.com
Thu Sep 20 22:22:11 PDT 2001

Forest Simmons wrote:

> Roy,
> Thanks for the positive feedback and the good idea about graduating only
> the current Smith set from one stage to the next, so that the natural
> attrition in candidates reduces the computational burden in a potentially
> intractable method.

I would say it reduces the computational burden in a 
statistical way -- and maybe by a very significant amount -- 
but it doesn't decrease the upper bound of complexity. Maybe 
the Smith set consists of all candidates, and the entire 
group survives to the final (Approval) round? Implementers 
of the method would have to consider the worst case.


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