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  • n. A problem whose solution contributes to the solution of a larger problem.


sub- +‎ problem (Wiktionary)


  • The sources of complexity are the intrinsic complexity of each subproblem, plus the interaction of subproblems.

    2009 May | Serendipity

  • The process repeats until each subproblem resolves itself into one that can be physically dealt with.

    The Nature of Technology

  • Sometimes the principle—the conceptual solution—is stitched together from existing functionalities, each one solving a subproblem.

    The Nature of Technology

  • Each subproblem could potentially be solved in several ways.

    The Nature of Technology

  • Here recursiveness comes into play, because each obstacle stretch becomes its own subproblem and requires its own solution or subprinciple or subtechnology, in our case.

    The Nature of Technology

  • It is a process that continues until each problem and subproblem resolves itself into one that can be physically dealt with—until the chain is fully in place.

    The Nature of Technology

  • It was inspired by snidegrrl making some comment somewhere about her "feminist utopia" and ever since I've been thinking of how I'd resolve problem X and how those resolutions could create subproblem Y and how I'd fix that and so on.

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  • The wording of the scientists' research abstract is really quite something: "We identify a subproblem--the 'that's what she said' problem--with two distinguishing characteristics: (1) use of nouns that are euphemisms for sexually explicit nouns and (2) structure common in the erotic domain."


  • Even if a subproblem splits into two, you know that it won't invalidate the convergence properties.

    The Reference Frame

  • You also need that the same subproblem/parameter combination (ideally many or most combinations) will be used many times. memoize function Usage: (memoize f) Returns a memoized version of a referentially transparent function. what's new online!


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