Poetry & Algorithms

Michael Bartholomew-Biggs
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 49–54 Regular Papers


This paper considers a supporting role for poetry in the statement of numerical algorithms and termination conditions. While this has certainly been touched on elsewhere, the present work takes nonlinear optimization as a case-study and shows what can be done with quasi-haiku formulations of familiar computational methods and convergence criteria.