Politics as statistical learner



A Centrifugal Governor, the origin point both of cybernetic theory and signal processing thanks to James Clerk Maxwell’s analysis.

In mind-as-ml I wondered about whether statistical learning models can give us insight into the individual human mind. Here I wonder if we can learn anything about humans en masse from from statistical analogies. Probably, since this spans Herbert Simon’s interests, I should be ransacking his work more thoroughly.

Greedy algorithms as pragmatism

Contrast with utopian ideals as analytic solutions.

Learning agents

See sociology of information.

Federated learning

Machines of loving grace

The cybernetics folks. Politics as operations research. Insert Adam Curtis documentary here, and a brief history of Operations Research.

TODO: Mention Pigs for the Ancestors, and the Water Temples (Lansing 2000; Rappaport 1967; Sage 2013).

Loss functions and public risk aversion

Which experiments do we permit the state to do?

Legibility and labelled data sets

Which census category do you fit in and which benefits do you reap thereby? Affirmative action, Trans-exclusionary Radical Feminists etc.

Evolutionary learning in institutions

Dimension reduction of politics

See political aces

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