[Taxacom] ZipCodeZoo problems

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Sun Mar 30 05:24:02 CDT 2008

>> In the light of the present discussion it is interesting to
>> note that this too presents a "algorithm-generated consensus
>> classification"

From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>
> Certainly not of the sort that I was describing.


Nevertheless, the example could be relevant in either of two ways:
* as evidence of the need, "out there", for a consensus classification
* as evidence that it is possible even now to have a computer generate a
classification, even if this is done by a singularly badly designed
algorithm, with rather dreadful results.

This suggests that the idea of an algorithm-generated classification is 
something that it may not be possible to ignore, not safely


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