Monday, January 21, 2008

PigeonRank™ and Textual Criticism

I have just finished putting together my own website. I was trying to figure out how to get it to come up on a Google search (yes, I am that lame) when I came across some information on the technology that powers Google. I am wondering if this patented method of mass data collection and organization could be used in TC. Read more, here.

6 Comments:

Eric Sowell said...

Well...don't leave us in suspense. What's the url for your website? :)

Christian Askeland said...

It can be seen, here. Nothing too exciting, apart from the Coptic Links pages which needs updating.

Mr. Buck said...

This technology only works on the day preceding Ante Diem IV Nones Aprilis.

Timo Flink said...

Well, I suppose PigeonRank could be turned into a ranking system for the TC, but that requires a preset validation system with text-critical rules to be implemented (the Pigeon). The problem is that it creates a mechanical or semi-mechanical (with fuzzy logic algorithms) system that does not cope very well with scribal exigencies (read, idiosyncracies that are not mechanical) unless the resulting output is really fuzzy :)

maurice a robinson said...

My guess is that the pigeons would be thoroughgoing eclectics.

Timo Flink said...

I have been thinking this "pigeon" for quite some time actually, being an engineer previously. It is possible to create whatever kind of PigeonRank - whether Byzantine Priority, thoroughgoing or whatever, but to find a proper balance with whatever rules is difficult. And as I said, it would be at least semi-mechanical. I have yet to come up an idea how to built an artificial intelligence that copes with intentional changes. That's the problem. Besides, any probability game is just that, a probability game. This in my view is the biggest problem in genealogical systems like CBGM as well.