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Inference or Deference

Posted by cadsmith on July 26, 2009

Data may be interpreted differently by various experts, e.g. during fault analysis. Some of this is due to limited methods or predisposition. Automation is attempted for machines, but may be inadequate for procedures or other people. Preferring emotion over culture may beg the question if intuition is constrained by social learnings and nature. Deliberate falsification requires detection. Data which is camouflaged may need decoding. Hidden expectations can often be revealed and corrected using statistical probability techniques such as Bayesian analysis.

Mathematical case: incisive or decisive

Medical case: inductive or deductive

Reading list included Posner 2008 on decision-making theory, Swenson 2008 on decryption, Robinson 2007 on verification and Mitnick 2003 on investigation.


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Posted by cadsmith on July 19, 2009

As constraints are relaxed during design or debugging, the range of speculation tends to increase. Test efforts may be limited by specifications. If one disregards conventional wisdom, then a different picture can emerge. Eliminating compartmentalization may be representative of independent developments or reveal the bull. Local conceptual markers might include HIDE, The Engine, Encopy, tablet slices, metal ontology, Affinity, Trusted Menu, or Space Central, aspects of which indicate essential themes which may invite permutation. Fract is, an indicator of significance includes running into flack which may require renewing resources from the bench. For further entanglement, see TIS evolution and slide summary.

Mcafee account on a system required renewal. After completion, continued to get popups concerning expiration. Solution was to uninstall and reinstall the application so that it could synchronize.

The book Sawyer 2009 is web scifi. Documents page added finds by Spair 2009, Tantri 2009 and Rajasekar 2008.

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Inductions Enter

Posted by cadsmith on July 12, 2009

Recent lightning strikes highlighted shuttle test procedures, e.g. video and tweets.

While characterizing test info space, drafted How to Write a Case Study on Scribd as an initial perspective for that newly added site. There is also potential material about topics, FAQ, distributed data types, utilities, history, trends, future, sites and services. Linked some of the test titles to wiki Documents. Titles also report data and are a form of it. Additional works can be found by tag search, or lookup related items. The goal of finding all relevant data may require additional approaches. Sorting is also useful. Titles show statistics such as number of views, or other pages which embed or link it. When looking at a particular title, can view in various modes, preview tile all pages, double-page spread, slides, or scroll. Can combine to skim contents for outlining. May also peruse by people or groups. Reading larger works might be improved by hyper-linking the index, if included, and making it easier to go to specific pages rather than having to use the tile view. Hardware test, debug, validation and design verification could use more titles.

Anderson 2009 looks at internet commerce. Applications for a TIS might include: give away summary of issues, charge for instance of solutions; give away TIS approach, charge for implementations or integrations; give away data, charge for api/apps/hw, or vice-versa; give away test results, charge for comparative analysis; and give away methods or website, charge for effort, e.g. test, debug, develop.

Johnson 2007 discusses usability.

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Posted by cadsmith on July 5, 2009

How does testing involve creativity? This may also be considered in the negative light where the latter is preceded by destruction which precludes maintenance and associated costs. Murphy’s legend notwithstanding, there is not usually a center of chaos driving wrong activity. Headless organization is often more resilient yet defects do not all occur simultaneously. There are constraints and interdependencies preventing this. Quality assurance attempts to shore up functional defenses and predict where errors will next be found including untested features or conditions. Getting to know all of the faults leads to cases which are communicated among actors. This is an additional dimension for research or development where failures are recognized as experimental results that yield data which may become relevant under future circumstances. As environment changes, including utility sources and operating conditions, specifications may have to tolerate the previously avoided regions. Resultant metaphors, language and relationships form the new test info space.

Summertime has led to promotion through more consumer and collaboration websites, e.g. for document-sharing.

USB Pen tablet makes computer graphics or writing easier.

Authors of interest included Trippe 2008 on XML, Dale 2007 on management, and security views by Ramo 2009, Viega 2009, Long 2009 fiction and Strausfeld 2008 video. Added Scribd catalog to book directories.

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