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  • We wrote a computer algorithm to find words that would interest you.
  • Writing the program code wasn’t hard, but specifying the algorithm to solve the problem was challenging.
  • Anyone can follow an algorithm.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Was it the pinpoint accuracy of the algorithms?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • He does this automatically, without really thinking, like a computer executing a tried-and-true algorithm.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • "Since we changed the acceleration algorithm, you can push the joystick forward a bit and it won’t take off," Cristian coached him.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • They’d be discussing computer algorithms and I’d be speaking football.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Even if you had the fastest processors and blindingly fast algorithms, a search would still take days.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Lennon and McCartney had a musical gift of the sort that comes along once in a generation, and Bill Joy, let us not forget, had a mind so quick that he was able to make up a complicated algorithm on the fly that left his professors in awe.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The program was known in the navy as the signal algorithmic processing system (SAPS).
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October

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  • Now it was time to construct an algorithm that could tease some conclusions from this mass of data.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • When Hiro wrote The Black Sun’s sword-fighting algorithms -code that was later picked up and adopted by the entire Mets.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • His path was filled with abrupt twists and turns and about-faces, with erratic loops and figure-eights, with corkscrews and triple lutzes, as though he were following some bizarre algorithm that only he could understand.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • That’s part of the algorithm.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • It’s just an algorithm-generated number that takes into account all your activity in the InnerCircle.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Puller performs his kill algorithm at lightning speed, his synapses traveling far faster than even the bullet he’s about to deliver.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Fortunately I’m not being asked to do algorithms.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Or maybe they’re just analyzing DNA fragments, but they’ve got RAM-intensive algorithms.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • CLASSROOM A (WITH CHEATING ALGORITHM APPLIED)
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • You know who did their algorithms?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Here again are the answer strings from classroom A, now reordered by a computer that has been asked to apply the cheating algorithm and seek out suspicious patterns.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In addition to detecting cheaters, the algorithm could also identify the best teachers in the school system.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Rather, he wanted to make sure that the teachers identified by the algorithm as cheaters were truly cheating—and then do something about it.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The classrooms shown by the algorithm to have the best teachers, in which big gains were thought to have been legitimately attained.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The results were as compelling as the cheating algorithm had predicted.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He only had the resources to retest 120 classrooms, however, so he asked the creators of the cheating algorithm to help choose which classrooms to test.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Furthermore, the algorithm would seek out a classroom full of students who performed far better than their past scores would have predicted and who then went on to score significantly lower the following year.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Use the instruction to bypass the processing algorithms.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • This is a conservative estimate, since the algorithm was able to identify only the most egregious form of cheating—in which teachers systematically changed students’ answers—and not the many subtler ways a teacher might cheat.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • And it wasn’t encrypted with some fancy computer algorithm.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Apparently, they are like algorithms for carrying out certain activities essential to the society.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Then they would use Goldman’s algorithm, and the diagnosis and outcome of every patient treated under the two systems would be compared.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The algorithm guessed right more than 95 percent of the time.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He took Goldman’s algorithm, presented it to the doctors in the Cook County ED and the doctors in the Department of Medicine, and announced that he was holding a bake-off.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • But what does the Goldman algorithm say?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • But the algorithm says he shouldn’t be.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The algorithm doesn’t feel right.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • And once they got done counting their money, marketing the spinoffs, soaking up the adulation of others in the hacker community, they all came to the realization that what made this place a success was not the collision-avoidance algorithms or the bouncer daemons or any of that other stuff.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The algorithm is a rule that protects the doctors from being swamped with too much information—the same way that the rule of agreement protects improv actors when they get up onstage.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The algorithm frees doctors to attend to all of the other decisions that need to be made in the heat of the moment: If the patient isn’t having a heart attack, what is wrong with him?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I don’t want to disturb: them, but I can assure you that what they’re doing involves problem-solving and complex algorithms and will result in the improving of the products and services we can provide to you.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • So he fed hundreds of cases into a computer, looking at what kinds of things actually predicted a heart attack, and came up with an algorithm—an equation—that he believed would take much of the guesswork out of treating chest pain.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • What Goldman’s algorithm indicates, though, is that the role of those other factors is so small in determining what is happening to the man right now that an accurate diagnosis can be made without them.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Stenton, who had initiated the endeavor, called it a lark, something they were doing, first of all, to see if it could be done—though there seemed to be no doubt, given the easy algorithms involved—and only secondarily for any scientific benefit.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • In 2001, Cook County Hospital became one of the first medical institutions in the country to devote itself full-time to the Goldman algorithm for chest pain, and if you walk into the Cook County ER, you’ll see a copy of the heart attack decision tree posted on the wall.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • LEITZKE DNA SEARCH ALGORITHM DNA: Version Search Criteria: RANA (all, fragment len > 0) DNA Incorporating RANA Fragments Versions Maiasaurs 2.1-2.9 Procompsognathids 3.0-3.7 Othnielia 3.1-3.3 Velociraptors 1.0-3.0 Hypsilopbodontids 2.4-2.7 The result was clear: all breeding dinosaurs incorporated rana, or frog, DNA.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • During the oral exams for his PhD, he made up a particularly complicated algorithm on the fly that, as one of his many admirers has written, "so stunned his examiners [that] one of them later compared the experience to ’Jesus confounding his elders/ " Working in collaboration with a small group of programmers, Joy took on the task of rewriting U N I X , which was a software system developed by AT&T for mainframe computers.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Walking through San Francisco, or Oakland, or San Jose, or any city, really, seemed more and more like a Third World experience, with unnecessary filth, and unnecessary strife and unnecessary errors and inefficiencies—on any city block, a thousand problems correctible through simple enough algorithms and the application of available technology and willing members of the digital community.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The algorithm is saving it’s a flaw."
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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