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Re: Idempotence and "Replication Insensitivity" are equivalent ?

From: vc <boston103_at_hotmail.com>
Date: 23 Sep 2006 14:03:10 -0700
Message-ID: <1159045390.416589.158880@m73g2000cwd.googlegroups.com>

Phil Carmody wrote:

> "vc" <boston103_at_hotmail.com> writes:

> > Phil Carmody wrote:
> > > "vc" <boston103_at_hotmail.com> writes:
> > > > Phil Carmody wrote:
> > > > > pamelafluente_at_libero.it writes:
> > > > > > the Median is the value which minimize the sum of absolute differences
> > > > > >
> > > > > > ie. sum | xi - c | is minimum for c = MEDIAN()
> > > > >
> > > > > If I were Bob Silverman, you'd get one heck of a flaming for
> > > > > posting something so obviously somewhere in between unintelligible
> > > > > and meaningless (including both endpoints) to sci.math.
> > > >
> > > > Are saying that the median does not have the property that it minimizes
> > > > the sum of absolute deviations ?
> > >
> > > I'm not saying that. I'm saying that the property does not always
> > > uniquely define a median ("*the* value", emphasis mine), and therefore
> > > cannot be used as the definition therefor.
> >

> > So what definition does define a median uniquely ?
>
> When someone points out a flaw in a kook's proof of FLT, it is not
> his responsibility to also provide a valid proof.

So you are unable unable to provide a a property that would define a median uniquely ? If so, why do you persist in insulting Pamela ?

>

> > >There are some sets, such
> > > as {0, 1}, where every value between 0 and 1 (including both endpoints)
> > > is minimum.
> >

> > That does not make much sense and depends, at least, on what you
> > mean by {0, 1}. Assuming 0 and 1 are integers, there is no "every
> > value between 0 and 1".
>
> You really are out of your depth xposting to sci.math if you're going
> to say vacuous things like that. Re-read what I wrote, and what you
> wrote. A handy hint is that 0+2=2, HTH.

Never you mind sci.math (you can remove the group from your response to spare yourself further embarassment), please answer this:

  1. what {0, 1} is according to you;
  2. what is the median of {0, 1} and why.

How about that ?

>
> Phil
> --
> "Home taping is killing big business profits. We left this side blank
> so you can help." -- Dead Kennedys, written upon the B-side of tapes of
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Received on Sat Sep 23 2006 - 16:03:10 CDT

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