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25 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 November 2008 07:01PM

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Comment author: Thomas 24 January 2010 02:41:04AM 1 point [-]

it's always possible improve beyond what randomness would yield

How can you improve guessing which uranium atom will blow up next?

Comment author: Unnamed 29 January 2010 05:06:37PM 7 points [-]

Eliezer stated his point more precisely in the original post:

As a general principle, on any problem for which you know that a particular unrandomized algorithm is unusually stupid - so that a randomized algorithm seems wiser - you should be able to use the same knowledge to produce a superior derandomized algorithm.

I'd recommend engaging with that formulation of his point, rather than with Silas's summary (which is what you've quoted).