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Example of Recursive Exhaustion

Though encoding names by their frequency in name lists from an old US census is a terrible way too do it, I shall use it here.  Since I do not know the middle names of many of my ancestors, I … Continue reading

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Name Spaces

As I mentioned on the front page of this site, one way of encoding a name is by its frequency in some canonical lists, such as a former US census.  By itself that is a terrible way of doing it.  … Continue reading

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Genealogy for Recursive Exhaustion

Eventually recursive exhaustion will be used to collect vast amounts of information about everybody. That can be very bad. The only solution is for good trusted people to use it themselves and do it better. Genealogists can do help a lot. Continue reading

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Free but Compulsory Genealogy

A discussion of a possible legal approach to genealogy. I object to making anything compulsory, but as compensation to the users, their ancestry would be documented at no cost to them. Only a small fine would be levied on those refusing. Continue reading

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Where was I Born?

One of three attempts towards a vector representation of individuals, a basic part of a beneficial use of recursive genealogy, which shows enormous potential for genealogy, but it could be dangerous to society as a whole. Continue reading

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When was I born?

One of three attempts to produce a unique vector field for describing individuals. The other two are Where Was I Born and Who Am I. In genealogy it is not a simple problem, because people may be sure of month and day, but not year. Continue reading

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What is My Name?

My first, middle and last name form a unique descriptor, but that is not true for most people. A working strategy is to the surnames of parents and even grandparents — this is just for the purpose of encoding names for use as vectors. Continue reading

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