Saturday, June 30, 2007

On the asymmetry of associations

Associations are not symmetrical. If A primes B, then not necessarily B will prime A. Some examples?

"Polar bear" primes "white" to a higher extent than "white" primes "polar bear".

"Niels Böhr" primes "physics" to a higher extent than "physics" primes "Niels Böhr".

"Monica Lewinsky" primes "impeachment" to a higher extent than "impeachment" primes "Monica Lewinsky".

222 primes 2 to a higher extent than 2 primes 222 (if it does, actually).

My favorite example comes from the research in concepts showing that people tend to think that numbers such as 22846221 are "more even" than numbers such as 13. It's crazy but natural; those numbers prime "even-ness" much more than 13 can ever aspire to.

With that in mind, we may proceed to develop NUMBO's slipnet.

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