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In this paper, (Revised version of a white paper "Unsupervised Problem-Solving by Optimising through Comparisons," originally published on DCS and Scribd, October 2011.) the authors describe the implementation and functionality of a centralised problem solving system that is included as part of the distributed "Licas" system. This is an open source framework for building service-based networks, similar to what you would do on a Cloud or SOA platform. While the framework can include autonomous and distributed behaviour, the problem-solving part can perform more complex centralised optimisation operations and then feed the results back into the network. The problem-solving system is based on a novel type of evaluation mechanism that prefers comparisons between solution results, over maximisation.
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