April 5, 2011

« Why building such beautiful theories and algorithms that you already know no bioinformatician will ever implement because they are too complex? »

A.A. « Well, it often happens that initially nobody really understands a problem or its solution, or even cares about it. See for example the suffix tree. But after a while, everybody uses it and it is even taught at school. Some problems that are obscure now can become very important later on. »

M.L. « There is also another interesting point. After a while, possibly a long time, people start to see the original problem differently, more clearly, and start to grasp connections to other problems. The original ideas, the original complicated proof, go through a process of simplification and clarification. Simplification of a previous result is highly respected in Mathematics (not so much in CS). »

%d bloggers like this: