Friday, June 21, 2013

Don't be bad faster

Clinical biocomputing tends to reuse well tested algorithms and procedures over and over again as opposed to research biocomputing which is always trying something new. In clinical biocomputing we have the opportunity to guess what the user is trying because clinical medicine tends to repeat the same fewer techniques over and over again. If we can guess what the user will do we can precalculate the solution. This will allow us to use more accurate even if slower algorithms because we can calculate it ahead of time.

In computing we are obsessed with speed, faster is better, but we actually have to do something accurate enough to be useful or we are just bad faster. 

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