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An Algorithmic Probabilist’s Apology

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It is a common observation that the intrinsic time of human experience is a highly nonlinear function of clock time. Anyone whose earliest efforts at scientific computation date back some 30 years or more must now feel separated from them by a very long span of time. The computational environment of the 1950s already belongs to a past that will be unimaginable to the generation for which the personal computer is a childhood toy. It may therefore be appropriate to start this essay with a few personal recollections typical of that era.


  • Algorithmic Problem
  • Algorithmic Aspect
  • Markov Renewal Process
  • Belgian Coast
  • Personal Recollection

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Neuts, M.F. (1986). An Algorithmic Probabilist’s Apology. In: Gani, J. (eds) The Craft of Probabilistic Modelling. Applied Probability, vol 1. Springer, New York, NY.

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