When You're Innovating, Resist Looking for Solutions - Bart Barthelemy and Candace Dalmagne-Rouge by Bart Barthelemy and Candace Dalmagne-Rouge | 12:29 PM September 13, 2013 If someone comes to you with a problem, you start thinking of a solution. That’s natural — everyone does it. But as soon as you start thinking of a solution, you unconsciously begin shutting off possibilities for getting a deeper understanding of the problem and therefore of finding a truly breakthrough solution. That’s why it can often be more productive to avoid “solutions” thinking when a problem arises. A military organization came to us for help because people who were being observed by pilotless drones were using techniques such as smoke screens to deceive the analyzers of the drones’ video and other data. We encouraged the client to stay in the problem space, sometimes known as the “front end,” in order to get a deeper understanding of the problem. The insights from this “divergent collaboration” of people from disparate walks of life gave the client ideas for new avenues of research. So go deep.
Search - The University of Arizona Campus Repository This dissertation examined the relationship between Hispanic population proportion (HPROP) and an index variable indicating the provision of library services to the Spanish-speaking in the State of Arizona (PLSS). Mailed in the summer of 1999 to 169 public library facilities, a survey collected information on libraries' provision of Spanish-speaking personnel, Spanish-language materials, and Spanish-format library services. Regression analysis indicated that HPROP has a significant effect upon PLSS (B = .600, p < .0001). An analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) procedure indicated that libraries in metropolitan areas were more likely than non-metropolitan libraries to provide service to Spanish-speakers (F = 106.72, p < .0001).
Problem domain A problem domain is the area of expertise or application that needs to be examined to solve a problem. A problem domain is simply looking at only the topics you are interested in, and excluding everything else. For example, when developing a system trying to measure good practice in medicine, carpet drawings at hospitals would not be included in the problem domain. In this example the domain refers to relevant topics solely within your interest: medicine. This points to a limitation of an overly specific, or overly bounded, problem domain. This would be a target space of meta-tools designed to explore a search space. Alternatively, a domain specifically defined by some extrinsic problem-system to differentiate it from the set of all domains. See: domain theory for the mathematical discipline related to these issues. See also References
The Ubiquitous Librarian June 10, 2015, 1:56 pm By Brian Mathews June 8, 2015, 1:55 pm Carrie Donovan A few weeks ago I heard Carrie Donovan (Head of Teaching and Learning, Indiana University Libraries ) give a keynote address at The Innovative Library Classroom Conference. Here are the slides from her talk: Shaking up the Sediment: Re-energizing Pedagogical Practice while Avoiding Bottle Shock. My main takeaway was the transition that Carrie is experiencing from teaching to consulting. [caption id=”attachment_4953″ align=”aligncenter… Read More June 5, 2015, 2:53 am Should librarians challenge the status quo? I decided to ask a professor. You’ve mentioned online that libraries should challenge the status quo. Read More June 3, 2015, 10:21 am Here is a quick interview with Andrew Whitworth, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Manchester and Programme Director of the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education. What is radical information literacy? Mainstream IL – competency-based,…
Problem vs. Solution Space Next: Domains in the Up: Different Definitions of Previous: Domains in AI Further compounding the confusion is introduction of terms like "problem space" and "solution space." For a systems developer, the real world may be associated with the problem space, the system implementation as the solution space. In an AI context, complex decision-making processes performed by human beings in the real world are often the focus area for the systems. Even more subtle distinctions can be drawn. The Embedded Librarian | Exploring New, Embedded Roles for Librarians in Organizations of All Types Modelica and the Modelica Association — Modelica Association
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