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My sincere apologies for not being able to greet you in person. I am very busy with my garden now. There are a number of urgent issues to deal with out there. The good news is that the site is open and is a ... Covid-19-free zone, so you don't have to wear masks, nor do you have to worry too much about social distancing, vaccination passports, etc.
If you are not familiar with the content of this site, you might be interested in taking our
Guided Tour of the Site
As a reminder, here are links to some of the attractions on this site
- Front page of the old site
- Severe uncertainty
- Decision making under severe uncertainty
- Wald's mighty maximin
- Optimizing vs satisficing
- Responsible decisions
- Voodoo decision theory
- Info-gap decision theory
- Assessment of Prof. Mesquita's analysis of the Iranian 1984 election
- Dijkstra's Algorithm
- The two envelopes puzzle
I shall not be surprised if some of you arrived here in response to the article I wrote about Dijkstra's 1959 shortest path algorithm, explaining why this popular algorithm is in fact a Dynamic Programming algorithm. You can play a bit with this algorithm right now, right here:
Instructions: click the red SOLVE button to solve the displayed instance of the problem. Then specify your own instances of the problem using the control panel.
If you came here to play with the popular Tower of Hanoi Game, go ahead! In this site you will find a lot of educatioanlly rich material on this puzzle.
Instructions: click the green SOLVE button to solve the displayed instance of the puzzle. Then specify your own instances of the puzzle using the control panel.
And if you are here to experiment with the exciting online interactive modules at the tutOR website, be my guest.
On a serious note, if you are here to enquire about the second edition of my book on Dynamic Programming, I strongly recommend that you purchase a copy.
Visitors who came here to understand why info-gap decision theory is in fact a voodoo decision theory par excellence, can rush immediately to the relevant material at
Alternatively, you may wish to visit our brand new IF-IG center and even volunteer to join our renewed campaign to contain the spread of info-gap decision theory in Australia, and elsewhere.
IF-IG International Interdisciplinary Center for
Information and Fact-Checking on
Info-Gap Decision Theory
You can read more about the history of this long campaign here.
I guess that some visitors might be interested, nostalgically, in reminding themselves of the state of the art in web publishing/authoring in the 1990s. For those I provide a link to the then innovative WORMS project.
I hope that this short tour gave you an idea of what you can find on this site.
Comments, especially constructive criticism, on all aspects of the site will be greatly appreciated. During the migration process to the new service provide, I shall report on my progress here.
Enjoy your visit! I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Regarding rules, regulations and expected behavior on this site.
We are very informal here and prefer to let you mind your own business. It is assumed that you are familiar with the basic rules of netiquette, such as those proposed by Virginia Shea, back in 1994 (see here). Just in case ...
- Rule 1: Remember the Human
- Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
- Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
- Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
- Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
- Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
- Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
- Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
- Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
- Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes
Talking about rules, if you have not done so already, you might be interested in considering Jordan B. Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Just in case,
- Stand up straight with your shoulders back
- Treat yourself like you are someone you are responsible for helping
- Make friends with people who want the best for you
- Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
- Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
- Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
- Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
- Tell the truth -- or, at least, don't lie
- Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't.
- Be precise in your speech
- Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding
- Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street
And if you are in need for more fundamental rules for life, perhaps you might be interested in taking a look (again?) at the good old (biblical) guidelines:
Just in case you don't read Hebrew, here is one of the many (short) English versions of this set of famous commandments:
- I am the Lord thy God
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
- Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy
- Honor thy Father and Mother
- Thou shalt not murder
- Thou shalt not commit adultery
- Thou shalt not steal
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
- Thou shalt not covet
See other versions of Exodus 20:2-16 here.
Talking about English translations and the Ten Commandments, my first name translates as Moses in English! Talking about coincidences!